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Qatar Grand Prix LIVE: F1 latest as Max Verstappen awaits possible grid penalty from stewards



F1 Rejects Mercedes’ Request To Review Verstappen’s Brazil Move

Follow all the action from the Qatar Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton starts on pole ahead of Max Verstappen as the Formula One season approaches a thrilling climax.

In search of a record-breaking eighth world championship, Hamilton trails Verstappen by 14 points in the drivers’ standings with just three races remaining of the season. However, after his stunning victory in Brazil, where Hamilton came from tenth on the grid to take victory, the momentum is firmly with the Mercedes driver. He followed up that performance with a dominant display in qualifying on Saturday, finishing four-tenths quicker than his title rival to take pole.

Overtaking is expected to be tricky on the Losail circuit, with teams likely to take a one-stop strategy, meaning there will be more pressure than ever on the approach into turn one. Verstappen escaped punishment after appearing to run Hamilton off the track in Brazil and the Briton admitted there was still a lack of clarity over the incident. “It’s not clear, every driver except for Max was asking for clarity,” he said. “It’s still not clear what the limits of the track are, it’s clearly not the white line any more when overtaking, so we just go for it. We just ask for consistency so, if it’s the same as the last race, then it should be the same for all of us.” Follow all the latest updates below:

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F1 drivers unsure of fair racing rules after Verstappen escapes Brazil punishment

A drivers’ meeting took place at Qatar on Friday with FIA Race Director Michael Masi, after which Verstappen declared that the boundaries were “pretty clear” But Hamilton, and pretty much every other driver who gave their thoughts publicly, vehemently disagreed.

“No. It is not clear,” Hamilton said. “Every driver was asking for clarity but it wasn’t very clear. It is still not clear what the limits of the track are. It is clearly not the white line any more when overtaking so we just go for it. We just ask for consistency so if it is the same for the last race for us in those scenarios then it is fine.”

Meanwhile, Williams man and leader of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association George Russell said: “I do appreciate you need to judge every single case [individually] but for me [Verstappen forcing Hamilton wide at Brazil] was not even close to the line of what went on, it was well beyond the line. And if that had been the last lap of the race, in my opinion it would have been a slam-dunk penalty for Max.”

Carlos Sainz of Ferrari concurred, adding: “I agree with George. It looks like over the winter there will be some big conversations about how we go racing as a sport. If the car on the inside should leave space on the outside in any case or not.”

Dan Austin21 November 2021 11:47

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Hamilton will continue with LGBTQIA+ helmet

F11 has been questioned for organising new events in the Gulf nation and its neighbour Saudi Arabia, with human rights organisations including Amnesty International among those criticising the decision.

Explaining the reasoning behind his new lid, Hamilton told Autosport: “On the back it says, ‘we stand together’ and ‘love is love’, and it’s important for me to represent that community here as I know there are several situations which aren’t perfect and need to be highlighted. But I hope that someone reaches out and I would love to know what is happening here and what they’re doing to help support that community more – the LGBTQ+ community. I wait to hear.”

Dan Austin21 November 2021 11:36

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Verstappen sweats on stewards’ decision

Three drivers were called to face the stewards in Qatar this morning after allegedly failing to respect yellow flags during the final portion of yesterday’s qualifying session.

Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly took much kerb on his final flying lap, breaking his front wing and causing to rip away from the chassis, leading to a puncture of the front right tyre. Carlos Sainz, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen are all accused of failing to slow down under yellow flag conditions in the aftermath,

Sainz and Bottas’ infractions occurred during the single yellow flag period, while Verstappen’s misdemeanour is potentially more serious having come under double yellow conditions.

If found guilty, Verstappen would face a grid penalty, potentially giving pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton a huge championship advantage.

Dan Austin21 November 2021 11:28

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F1 Qatar Grand Prix

In search of a record-breaking eighth world championship, Hamilton trails Verstappen by 14 points in the drivers’ standings with just three races remaining of the season.

However, after his stunning victory in Brazil, where Hamilton came from tenth on the grid to take victory, the momentum is firmly with the Mercedes driver.

He followed up that performance with a dominant display in qualifying on Saturday, finishing four-tenths quicker than his title rival to take pole.

Overtaking is expected to be tricky on the Losail circuit, with teams likely to take a one-stop strategy, meaning there will be more pressure than ever on the approach into turn one.

Verstappen escaped punishment after appearing to run Hamilton off the track in Brazil and the Briton admitted there was still a lack of clarity over the incident

Follow all the latest throughout the afternoon.

Ben Burrows21 November 2021 11:15



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