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Hamilton on pole for inaugural Qatar F1 Grand Prix

Mercedes driver beats championship rival Verstappen who certified second for Sunday’s race.

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton will begin from pole in Sunday’s inaugural Qatar Components One Grand Prix forward of world championship rival Max Verstappen.

Hamilton of Mercedes clocked one minute 20.827 seconds on the Losail Worldwide Circuit which up to now has solely seen MotoGP racing.

It was Hamilton’s fourth pole of the season and a record-extending 102nd general.

Pink Bull’s Verstappen trailed by virtually half a second, a distinction group adviser Helmut Marko referred to as “alarming”.

Valtteri Bottas was third within the second Mercedes.

Verstappen tops the championship, 14 factors forward of Hamilton with three races left in a fierce title duel, and Hamilton will hope that his pole will assist him additional lower the deficit on Sunday.

The hole in qualifying instances will give all at Pink Bull a stressed night time – virtually half a second, a transparent signal Hamilton’s new engine fitted final weekend has injected contemporary life into his quest for an unprecedented eighth world title.

Hamilton has some momentum after a powerful victory from tenth on the grid final weekend in Brazil.

“I used to be right here till midnight final night time working with the engineers, who additionally all the time work so late, they’re such laborious employees, and located lots of areas which I may enhance,” Hamilton stated.

Mercedes had been handed an sudden benefit of their titanic title battle with Pink Bull after Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez did not make it to the Q3 high 10 shoot out.

With the Mexican down within the sixth row on Sunday’s grid Pink Bull’s ways to upset Mercedes relaxation on Verstappen.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz (entrance) certified seventh, forward of teammate Charles Leclerc who may solely handle thirteenth [Hamad I Mohammed/Pool/Reuters]

Qatar F1 info

Sunday’s race is the primary in a 10-year deal between F1 and Qatar, and groups are nonetheless studying the monitor. Qatar would be the thirty sixth nation to host Components One.

Begin time: 5pm (14:00 GMT).

Lap distance: 5.38km (3.34 miles)

Whole distance (57 laps): 306.66km (190.54 miles)

The circuit has hosted MotoGP since 2004, changing into an evening race in 2008 when it additionally opened the season.

Observe: Quick and flowing and options 16 medium and high-speed corners.

Climate circumstances: Heat and much like what groups are used to in Abu Dhabi.

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