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Hamilton wins inaugural Qatar Components One GP forward of Verstappen

Again-to-back wins strikes defending champion inside eight factors of Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton has claimed an emphatic victory from pole on the inaugural Qatar Components One Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen recovered properly from a grid penalty to complete second however noticed his Components One championship lead minimize to eight factors by Hamilton on Sunday.

Again-to-back wins for the defending and seven-time champion Hamilton in Brazil and Qatar have moved him inside eight factors with two races left.

Hamilton claimed his seventh season win and 102nd general forward of Verstappen on the flood-lit Losail Worldwide Circuit the place his Mercedes had already been superior over Verstappen’s Purple Bull in qualifying.

“We would have liked these factors at the moment. I can’t wait to observe the race replay to seek out out what occurred behind me,” he stated.

“I’m actually grateful for these factors, it’s been a hell of a yr. Again-to-back wins. I really feel good, I really feel match, fitter than I’ve ever felt. Convey on the subsequent two,” Hamilton added.

Hamilton crosses the end line to win the Qatar Grand Prix [Hamad I Mohammed/Pool/Reuters]

Verstappen, who took a bonus level for quickest lap, was hit with a five-place grid penalty earlier on Sunday and Bottas misplaced three shortly earlier than the beginning as stewards dominated each had ignored yellow flags in qualifying – dropping Verstappen from second to seventh and Bottas, who didn’t end, from third to sixth.

“Our beginning place was compromised, however fortunately we had a extremely good begin,” Verstappen stated.

“After all, I do know it’s going to be tough to the tip but it surely retains it good, retains it thrilling. This monitor was enjoyable to drive as properly. I really feel good, but it surely’s going to be a good battle to the tip.”

Double world champion Fernando Alonso was third for Renault-owned Alpine, the 40-year-old Spaniard’s first podium end since 2014.

Sergio Perez completed fourth to assist Purple Bull in its push to beat Mercedes for the constructors championship.

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