Hamilton narrows F1 championship gap to just EIGHT points with impressive victory at the Qatar GP and Verstappen second

LEWIS HAMILTON continued his superb form by clinching victory at the inaugural Qatari Grand Prix despite a determined Max Verstappen pursuit.

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

Hamilton won the inaugural Qatar Grand Prix

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Hamilton won the inaugural Qatar Grand PrixCredit: Splash

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 whole 57 laps.

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

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 meant the Dutchman just couldn’t get near him, earning his 102nd Grand Prix win.

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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