F1 Qatar GP Live Commentary and Updates - race day

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By: Jake Boxall-Legge, Haydn Cobb, Stephen Lickorish

Summary

  • Hamilton comfortably wins the inaugural Qatar GP from pole, as Verstappen takes second with point for fastest lap
  • Red Bull driver makes a storming start from seventh, following grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags in qualifying
  • Alonso finishes third to take his first F1 podium for over seven years!
  • Nervy end to the race as both Williams drivers suffer punctures, with Bottas enduring the same problem earlier
  • Bottas's tyre woe came mid-race and Mercedes later retired his car, hampering the team's constructors' title bid
Leaderboard
  1. Hamilton, Mercedes
  2. Verstappen, Red Bull
  3. Alonso, Alpine
  4. Perez, Red Bull
  5. Ocon, Alpine
  6. Stroll, Aston Martin
  7. Sainz, Ferrari
  8. Leclerc, Ferrari
  9. Norris, McLaren
  10. Vettel, Aston Martin
Status: Stopped
10:49 And that's all from us - the final triple header (of the season) is done and dusted. Eight points in it - the last two rounds will come in a couple of weeks' time. See ya then.
10:48

Here's the race report:

 
10:46
 
10:39 Alonso: "Unbelievable - seven years! But finally, we got it. Today, honestly, I thought I could be leading after lap 1 - and then with Checo it was very close at the end."
10:38
 
10:38 Verstappen: "Of course, our starting position was a bit compromised, but we had a really good. To get that fastest lap was very nice."
10:37 Hamilton: "It was pretty straightforward, pretty lonely at the front. A really solid job from the team. I can't wait to watch the replay to see what happened behind me."
10:34 Wolff: "Now let's go to Saudi Arabia". Doesn't quite have the same ring to it as the Vengaboys' "We're Going To Ibiza"...
10:31
 
10:30 Stroll holds off Sainz and Leclerc, with Norris and Vettel completing the scorers.
10:30 Perez comes home in fourth, as Ocon finishes fifth in a decisive strike for Alpine in the constructors' title in its battle versus AlphaTauri.
10:29 It's third for Fernando Alonso, his first podium since...2014?
10:29 It's a 1m23.196s for Verstappen, who gets second AND the fastest lap point!
10:28 Lewis Hamilton wins the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix!
10:27 The VSC ends, just as we break into the final lap!
10:26 The VSC has been called as Latifi's car needs to be recovered safely from the edge of the circuit. With under two laps to go that might be that in this race.
10:26 Verstappen pits for a fresh set of softs!
10:25 Virtual Safety Car deployed!
10:24 Norris, who pitted earlier for a second time potentially covering off a puncture fear, moves up to ninth place ahead of Vettel.
10:24 Verstappen posts a 1m24.031s, which should cement the fastest lap point.
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