FORMULA 1 collects the best headlines and articles after each Grand Prix with a look at the foreign media. This time from the Qatar Grand Prix, in which Lewis Hamilton won the race in a dominant way while Max Verstappen, after a grid penalty, limited the damage by finishing second.
Sky Sports F1
Lewis Hamilton claimed a crucial Qatar Grand Prix victory to bolster his hopes of winning an eighth world title, as Max Verstappen recovered from his grid penalty to finish second and Fernando Alonso brilliantly took his first Formula 1 podium in seven year took”, thus sum Sky Sports F1 the race in Qatar together. It was Hamilton’s second win in a row, narrowing the gap to Verstappen to eight points with only the races in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi left. Hamilton’s second win in two weeks was never in question from the moment he converted his dominant pole into the race lead at the first start at the Losail circuit.
For Verstappen, second place was mainly damage limitation. The Dutchman would start from second place, but a five-place grid penalty for ignoring the double yellow flag in qualifying meant that he now had to start from seventh place. He showed right from the start that it didn’t matter much to him. After a few corners he was already fourth and after five laps he was already in second place. “But that’s also where Verstappen’s early attack ended,” they captioned sky. “He couldn’t impress the serene Hamilton anymore. His focus was now on getting the bonus point for the fastest lap of the race, which he managed to do.”
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“He had a 21-point lead eight days ago, but Verstappen’s eight-point lead with 52 on the table in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi now seems precarious, given the pace of Hamilton and Mercedes in the last two events. Verstappen and Hamilton would enter a decisive race in Abu Dhabi with a tie on points if Hamilton wins in two weeks and sets the fastest lap during the Formula 1 debut at the new Jeddah street circuit in Saudi Arabia.”
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La Gazzetta dello Sport
At the Italian La Gazzetta dello Sport they could guess before the start what the final score would be. “Too much Mercedes, too much Lewis Hamilton. And with the five-place penalty that Max Verstappen received in the morning for not respecting the yellow flag in qualifying, the Qatar Grand Prix was practically decided before the start,” they say.
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“Max reacted very well to the penalty, made up three places at the start and then easily took second place. But this Grand Prix also proved that Mercedes, after Mexico, has literally turned around. Hamilton is going like a rocket, Verstappen cannot keep up with the pace in the race and with two wins in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi, the title will belong to Lewis no matter where Max finishes. As paradoxical as it may seem, mathematically speaking, he could be crowned champion in Saudi Arabia if Verstappen increased his lead to more than 26 points. But it’s very hard to imagine that today.”
Of course, there was again a lot of attention for the title rivals, but behind those two it was Fernando Alonso who was on the podium in Formula 1 for the first time since 2014. ‘El Plan’ has worked, they judge at the Spanish marca. “His podium finish revives hopes that Formula 1 will take a different course in 2022, with the Spaniard as one of the protagonists.”
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“He wasn’t one to count on for the podium, with three ‘powerhouses’ like Hamilton, Verstappen and Bottas in the front rows and Checo Perez behind them, with Gasly up front and Norris behind them, but Fernando Alonso finally made it his own. , seven years and three months later, to make history again. “You have to be a little lucky and I haven’t,” he said a few weeks ago, but this Sunday in Losail it came to him.”
“This victory makes the championship battle ultra-exciting!”, they write to the German picture. “This season we are already witnessing the most exciting championship battle in Formula 1 in years. But the race in Qatar makes the fight between Hamilton and Verstappen, more than 600 kilometers before the grand final, much more exciting than it already is.”
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