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Lewis Hamilton flies to pole in Qatar, Max Verstappen starts on the front row

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During the practice sessions, Mercedes was fastest and emerged as the favorite for the battle for pole position. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas also immediately gave full throttle during Q1 and it was important to see if Max Verstappen could stay close.

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However, Verstappen and Red Bull also went full steam ahead and at the end of Q1 it was Lewis Hamilton who had the fastest time with Max Verstappen less than a tenth of the Briton. Teammate Valtteri Bottas was also only a tenth slower.

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For the midfield drivers, finding free space on the track was something we saw again during Q2 and Q3.

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In Q2 we saw Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari with his hands in his hair as the Monegask clearly failed to perform at the same level as team-mate Carlos Sainz.

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Leclerc was therefore unable to push through to Q3, but the big surprise was Sergio Perez who was killed in Q2. Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time, ahead of a surprising Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso. Max Verstappen was fourth at three tenths of Hamilton.

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In Q3 we saw Lewis Hamilton as the first of the toppers to record a provisional best time. Max Verstrappen was second fastest, but Hamilton and Verstappen were clearly evenly matched.

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However, a second fast run followed in which Lewis Hamilton was no less than four tenths below his own best time. Verstappen also improved his lap time but was still more than four tenths slower than Hamilton.

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Pole position for Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen starts next to him on the front row during the race. Valtteri Bottas starts from P3 and with that, Mercedes clearly seems to have the best cards for the race.

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.901s 1:21.682s 1:20.827s

2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:21.996s 1:21.984s 1:21.282s

3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:22.016s 1:21.991s 1:21.478s

4 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:22.535s 1:21.728s 1:21.640s

5 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:22.422s 1:21.894s 1:21.670s

6 Lando Norris McLaren 1:22.839s 1:22.216s 1:21.731s

7 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1: 22.304s 1: 22.241s 1: 21.840s

8 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 22.458s 1: 22.058s 1: 21.881s

9 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:22.565s 1:22.012s 1:22.028s

10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:22.549s 1:22.146s 1:22.785s

11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1: 22.398s 1: 22.346s

12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:22.551s 1:22.460s

13 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1: 22.742s 1: 22.463s

14 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:22.688s 1:22.597s

15 George Russell Williams 1:22.863s 1:22.756s

16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1: 23.156s

17 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:23.213s

18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1: 23.262s

19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:23.407s

20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:25.859s

More F1 news:Mercedes: “Hamilton was disqualified in Brazil due to ‘loose screws’ on rear wing”Red Bull on Mercedes rear wing: “There is very clear evidence”Mercedes: “There are no ‘marks’ on our wings at all”Juan Pablo Montoya: “Max Verstappen didn’t even try to make the corner”“A gravel box could have prevented the incident between Verstappen and Hamilton”

(F1journaal.be)

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