Qatari GP: Post-Race highlights

In terms of excitement and flair, as expected, this Moto GP-designed circuit gave us the speed and the surprises, but was a bit boring overall.

Hamilton took the win here by a large margin. He remained focused and consistent throughout the 57 laps and remained in the lead from start to finish. Verstappen was handed a 5 place grid penalty for ignoring a double yellow flag yesterday, but in just a couple of laps he managed to climb back to his original position and hold this place whilst also securing a fastest lap point.

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Fernando Alonso in an Alpine managed to lock in a third place win today after a formidable race, outwitting Gasly and outperforming some of the top tier cars. He is one of the few 1 pit stoppers not to suffer a puncture. Russel, Latifi and unfortunately for Mercedes even Bottas suffered massive punctures with the latter retiring from the race subsequently.

Norris was performing very well and held P4 for some time before reporting issues with the tyres and had to do an extra pit stop which cost him a handful of places barely landing in the points. Sainz and LeClerc finished in 7th and 8th respectively securing that constructors p3 for good.

Ocon landed in P5 behind Perez who climbed the grid after failing to pass Q2 yesterday. He had fantastic pace today but couldn’t reach Alonso by the end of the race.

The race for the title has become even more interesting as only two GPs remain. Hamilton drove remarkably well and so did Verstappen. They gave us an amazing season and they are keeping the fight alive till the very last race.

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