F1 Qatar Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: Hamilton WINS but Verstappen jumps from seventh to second place

THE QAT’S PYJAMAS

Lewis Hamilton continued his superb form by clinching victory at the inaugural Qatari Grand Prix despite a determined Max Verstappen pursuit, writes GEORGE MOORE.

Hamilton, 36, edged closer to winning back the top spot in the drivers’ championship standings with a second consecutive race win in Qatar.

The seven-time world champion started on pole and got off to a strong start, showing his superior pace by maintaining his lead for the ENTIRE 57 laps. 

Hamilton defended his lead with an assured drive, never allowing rival Verstappen to get within five seconds of him, despite conceding the fastest lap.

Verstappen got off to an excellent start by rising from seventh to second in just six laps, overtaking the likes of Pierre Gasly, Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris. 

And despite having a solid race, a near-perfect drive from Hamilton to earn his 102nd Grand Prix win meant the Dutchman just couldn’t get near him. 

The win was Hamilton’s seventh of the season and gives him the chance to seal his eighth world title with two more race wins in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

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