After qualifying in Qatar, there are still two qualifications to be awarded this season. Only in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi will drivers have a chance to sharpen or improve their record in terms of mutual qualifying matches. Yet many duels have already been decided.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton once again defeated their teammates Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas in Qatar with ease. As a result, both drivers are now well ahead in their mutual qualifying matches. This can also be said of Lando Norris and Sebastian Vettel, who are well ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll and beat them again on Saturday.
Tension at Ferrari and Alfa Romeo gone despite underdog victory
Where the tension is also not to cut is with Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. The two leaders, Charles Leclerc and Antonio Giovinazzi, qualified less than teammates Carlos Sainz and Kimi Raikkonen last weekend. Yet the difference is already so great that they cannot be traced with two races to go. The same goes for Mick Schumacher, who again beat Nikita Mazepin on Saturday. It is completely one-sided at Williams and AlphaTauri, where George Russell and Pierre Gasly dominate. Russell is 19-1 up against Nicholas Latifi, while Gasly is even up 20-0 against teammate Yuki Tsunoda.
Only at Alpine there is still tension
The only team that can still be said to be tense is Alpine. The duel between Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso seems to last with two qualifications to go until the last qualification. They are 10-10 after qualifying in Qatar, as Alonso qualified better than Ocon in Qatar.
Standings between qualifying matches
Red Bull Racing: Verstappen – Perez 18-2
Mercedes: Hamilton – Bottas 14-6
McLaren: Norris-Ricciardo 13-7
Ferrari: Leclerc – Sainz 12-8
Aston Martin: Vettel-Stroll 13-7
Alpine: Alonso – Ocon 10-10
AlphaTauri: Gasly – Tsunoda 20-0
Alfa Romeo: Giovinazzi – Raikkonen 12-6
Williams: Russell – Latifi 19-1
Haas F1: Schumacher – Mazepin 18-2