Lewis Hamilton is the winner of the premier Formula 1 race in Qatar, where he scored only a minimal number of points against his title contender, Max Verstappn. The Dutchman, who started the race from seventh place due to a penalty, finished in second place and also set the fastest lap in the race, thus winning an extra point. Hamilton reduced his lead to eight points and there are two more races until the end of the season.
Third place went to two-time world champion Fernando Alonso (Alpine F1), for whom these are only the first podiums after the 2014 Hungarian GP, ahead of Sergio Perez and teammate Esteban Ocon, who was fifth.
Even before the start, the race was marked by penalties for Verstappn and Valtteri Bottas, and during the race itself, tire explosions.
Lewis Hamilton, 1st place
“The race was very direct, in the end the team did a good job as we really needed points today. It's nice to win twice in a row, which puts us in a good position before the last two races. ”
Max Verstappen, 2nd place
"Fortunately, we started the race well, but it was also good that we ended up with the fastest lap in the race."
Fernando Alonso, 3rd place
“It’s been seven years, but we finally won the podium. I am happy for the team that turned out great, also the car is very reliable and fast. I've been waiting for this for a long time, so I'm very happy. "