Lewis Hamilton won the Qatar Grand Prix in a simple and dominant way on Sunday. With the win, the in great shape Briton manages to close the gap to Max Verstappen to just eight points and with that the championship is probably exciting until the last moment.
To take a look back at Sunday’s spectacle in Qatar, we take a look at what the international press has to say about the twentieth race of the season: the very first race in Qatar. The international media logically mainly talks about an unleashed Hamilton, who ensures that the championship is now very close and exciting with the thought that we only have two races left in this nerve-racking season.
The great British medium boasts the crucial victory of Hamilton, who narrowed the gap in the world championship to minimal differences and drove a clear race in Qatar. “Hamilton’s second win in as many weeks was not in doubt for a second, after he drove dominantly to pole position on Saturday. The run-up to the race was dominated by the question of whether there would be grid penalties. Verstappen came, but the five-place penalty was brushed away by the Dutchman in as many laps. After that, the sting between the two was quickly out of the game. Hamilton could not wish for a clearer victory than this,” writes Sky Sports.
In Germany people mainly enjoy the unprecedented tension that is still on the program for the coming month after Hamilton’s victory. “This season is the most exciting battle for the Formula 1 World Championship in years. The race in Qatar makes the fight about 600 kilometers from the grand final even more exciting than it already is. Hamilton and Verstappen both had a good start and the Dutchman was quickly back on P2 after his grid penalty. Ultimately, Verstappen also achieves the fastest race lap and therefore a point that can be crucial at the end,” writes the German newspaper.
La Gazzetta dello Sport
Then on to Italy. The well-known pink newspaper speaks of a ‘very open championship’ after Hamilton’s victory under the artificial lights of Qatar. “Too much Mercedes, too much Lewis Hamilton,” headlines the newspaper. “In the light of Lusail, Hamilton’s star shone again, after he managed to hit Verstappen in Brazil, it was now hit again. Verstappen reacted well to his grid penalty, but Hamilton is going like a rocket. The race that Hamilton has today put on the mat suggests that it would never have been a race if Verstappen had not been penalized, not even if Verstappen started from the front row.”
Finally, we also take the Spanish Marca. The Madrid newspaper, as expected, has just as little eye for the fierce battle between Verstappen and Hamilton. Local hero Fernando Alonso made it to the podium for the first time in seven years and that deserves all the Spanish attention. “On special days on demanding circuits, the very best usually appear on the podium. Alonso was allowed to join the two men who battled this memorable World Cup. After a masterful start, he finally finishes the race in third, in a performance that will go down in history. Fernando shows that with willpower you can stay at the top even as a 40-year-old. He can and wants to remain part of the elite of Formula 1. With a good car he could just compete for championships again,” the Spanish said. newspaper.