Formula 1 Qatar: Hamilton’s next coup

Lewis Hamilton’s next magic round! The Mercedes star takes pole position at the premiere of the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha. For the fourth time this year, the Briton is starting from his place in the sun and is setting the next exclamation mark in the world championship fight. “A mad lap by Hamilton, but the Mercedes suddenly had a top speed advantage again,” analyzes Sky expert Timo Glock.

“We changed a few things on the car yesterday,” reveals Lewis Hamilton. “The last lap was wonderful. The track is incredible to drive. It’s very fast with lots of high speed turns. And tire wear is not huge either. ”

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Second is World Cup leader Max Verstappen. However, the Red Bull driver is 0.4 seconds behind. After all: He beats Valtteri Bottas’s second Mercedes. “We lacked the pace a little,” says Verstappen. “But everything is still possible in the race. We have to watch our takeoff and then see where we land. ”

Verstappen only remains the pursuer role.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko warns: “The backlog is alarming. The car was never as good over the lap. But traditionally we are better off with a full tank. That’s why we’re still positive. ”

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff gives the opponents little hope, however: “Positions one and three were our dream scenario. Overtaking is difficult here. ”

Sebastian Vettel is tenth in the Aston Martin. In the end, Alpha Tauri pilot Pierre Gasly, who demolished his front wing on a notch, won a yellow flag. Nevertheless, he will start from fourth place on Sunday ahead of Fernando Alonso in the Alpine. Gasly’s team-mate Yuki Tsunoda is a strong eighth.
Red Bull suffered its first setback in Q2: Verstappen’s wingman Sergio Perez retired in eleventh place. “To be eliminated in Q2 is a disaster for us as a team. I think we had problems with the tires, ”said the disappointed Mexican. Marko explains: “Perez has come into traffic and has a little more problems with the larger rear wing than Max. I hope that we can get help from the two Alpha Tauris.”
Ferrari star Charles Leclerc does not make it into the final qualifying segment either. Just like Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and George Russell (Williams).

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Mick Schumacher lands in 19th place, one place ahead of his Haas team-mate Nikita Mazepin, who does not have a competitive lap time after problems in the free practice sessions. He also damaged his front wing in qualifying.

Formula 1 Grand Prix of Qatar

1. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes 1: 20.827 min.
2. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull +0.455 sec.
3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Mercedes +0.651
4. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri +0.813
5. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine +0.843
6. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren +0.904
7. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain) – Ferrari +1.012
8. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri +1.054
9. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine +1,201
10. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin +1.958
11. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull 1: 22.346
12. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin 1: 22,460
13. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari 1: 22.463
14. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren 1: 22.597
15. George Russell (Great Britain) – Williams 1: 22.756
16. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) – Alfa Romeo 1: 23.156
17. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams 1: 23,213
18. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) – Alfa Romeo 1: 23.262
19. Mick Schumacher (Gland / Switzerland) – Haas 1: 23,407
20. Nikita Masepin (Russia) – Haas 1: 25.859

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