This is how the British F1 press reacted Hamilton's win in the Qatar GP

22-11-2021 07:26
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This is how the British F1 press reacted Hamilton's win in the Qatar GP

Lewis Hamilton claimed his 102nd career victory in Formula 1, but it was perhaps one of his most significant as it puts him within eight points of his World Championship rival Max Verstappen in a classic season. This is how the British press reacted to the Qatar Grand Prix

BBC Sport

The BBC looks back at all the controversy ahead of the Grand Prix weekend and highlights how the Brit didn't need to penalty for Verstappen. "After another weekend of controversy and ill temper between the two title-contending teams, it was one of Hamilton's easiest wins of the season, and the seven-time champion appeared to have the pace to have triumphed whether Verstappen had been penalised or not."

The Guardian 

The Guardian sees a fighting Hamilton as we go into the final two races weekends of the season. "Twenty races into a gruelling Formula One season, Lewis Hamilton remains relentless and unbowed in his determination to take the title fight to the wire. With his dominant victory over rival Max Verstappen at the debut Qatar Grand Prix, the world champion has ensured this gripping and finely poised battle hangs in the balance. Hamilton is clearly pumped up for it and rightly so on this evidence from the Losail circuit, where his Mercedes team may have delivered the car to make the difference at a vital moment."

The Telegraph

The Telegraph highlights the sudden change in momentum over the most recent tripleheader. "What a difference a couple of weeks can make. When Formula 1 headed from Mexico to Brazil a fortnight ago, Red Bull were well and truly on the rampage. Max Verstappen had just extended his lead over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship to 19 points thanks to his ninth win of the season, and the Dutchman looked odds-on to claim his maiden title with four races left."

Daily Mail 

The Daily Mail dishes out the praise for Max Verstappen's performance in the Qatar GP. "Verstappen was mighty good, too. He qualified second fastest but was tipped down the grid for failing to slow adequately under double-waved yellow flags at the end of Saturday’s session. He started from seventh. Off the line, the Dutchman sliced right past Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who had been moved back three places for the equivalent offence under single-waved yellow flags. Verstappen then scythed up to second by lap five."

The Mirror

The Mirror also has a note on two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso. "Fernando Alonso also delivered a brilliant drive to finish in third for Alpine, his first podium finish since 2014. The 40-year-old Spaniard was also voted Driver of the Day for his performance as he held off Red Bull’s Sergio Perez before a late virtual safety car secured his finish."

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