Lewis Hamilton Secures Victory In Inaugural Qatar Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton Secures Victory In Inaugural Qatar Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton Secures Victory In Inaugural Qatar Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix with ease, cutting his championship deficit to just eight points and setting up a thrilling finish to the season.

Under the lights of the Losail circuit on the outskirts of Doha, the Briton led the field off from pole and never relinquished first place during the 57-lap race, with title contender Max Verstappen finishing second but earning a point for recording the fastest lap.

Only two grand prix remain: the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on December 5 and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix the following week. Hamilton is riding high, having won the last two races after a long drought dating back to the Russian Grand Prix in September.

Both Hamilton and Verstappen showed that they are in a league of their own, being so far ahead of the field that they were still first and second after their respective first stops at the conclusion of circuits 17 and 18.

If not for a late virtual safety car interlude during which Nicholas Latifi’s Williams had a puncture, the leading pair would have been nearly a minute ahead of Alpine’s Fernando Alonso.

Verstappen was penalized five positions on the grid for failing to slow down under double-waved yellow flags in qualifying, dropping him from second to eighth.

The Dutchman got off to a flying start, slicing in front of Valtteri Bottas, despite starting sixth on Saturday due to a yellow-flag violation.

On lap 34, Bottas had a puncture, dropping him to 13th place. He later retired due to the damage he sustained while returning to the garage in his damaged Mercedes after his tyre blew out. Lando Norris put up a strong performance for McLaren, but he finished ninth after a puncture set him back.

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