Team by team analysis of the Qatar Grand Prix

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Nov 21 (Reuters) – Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix, the twentieth race of the 22-round Formula One world championship (listed in present order):

MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas retired)

Hamilton led from pole to take his 102nd profession victory and seventh of the season. He is now eight factors behind Verstappen. This was the thirtieth circuit he was gained at. Bottas began sixth, after a 3 place penalty for failing to respect warning flags in qualifying, and dropped to eleventh at the begin. He had a front-left puncture on lap 33, limped again to the pits however retired on lap 48 as a result of the harm. Mercedes are actually solely 5 factors clear of Red Bull.

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RED BULL (Max Verstappen 2, Sergio Perez 4)

Verstappen began seventh, after a 5 place grid penalty for failing to sluggish for yellow flags in qualifying, however was fourth at the finish of lap one and second after 5 laps. He took a bonus level for quickest lap. Perez began eleventh and may need been on the podium however for a change to 2 stops after which the digital security automotive. Team boss Horner was handed an official warning for feedback a couple of marshal, and apologised.

FERRARI (Carlos Sainz 7, Charles Leclerc 8)

Sainz began fifth after penalties for Bottas and Verstappen and did a one cease technique. Both Ferrari drivers needed to do loads of tyre administration. Leclerc began with a brand new chassis in thirteenth place. Ferrari double-stacked the drivers at the pitstop. They now lead McLaren by 39.5 factors.

MCLAREN (Lando Norris 9, Daniel Ricciardo 12)

Norris began fourth and had good tempo till a puncture wrecked his race and dropped him down from fourth with seven laps to go. The laborious tyre that went in the second stint had performed fewer laps than the tender in the first. Ricciardo began 14th, had an excellent first stint after which needed to save gas.

ALPINE (Fernando Alonso 3, Esteban Ocon 5)

Alonso secured his first podium since 2014, when he was at Ferrari. He began third after penalties to Verstappen and Bottas and was second after the first nook however couldn’t in the end maintain off Verstappen. He returned to 3rd place after Perez pitted for a second time. Ocon moved up 4 locations from his grid place. Renault-owned Alpine began the race degree on factors with AlphaTauri and are actually 25 clear.

ALPHATAURI (Pierre Gasly 11, Yuki Tsunoda 13)

Gasly began on the entrance row however lacked the velocity to compete at the entrance. The team tried an aggressive two cease technique however that didn’t work both. Tsunoda struggled on the tender tyre and was additionally slowed on the first stint when a visor tear-off turned caught on the rear wing, forcing an earlier pitstop to take away it.

ASTON MARTIN (Lance Stroll 6, Sebastian Vettel 10)

Stroll began twelfth and made a robust begin, undercutting Sainz at the pitstop. Both have been on a one-stop. Vettel began tenth however dropped to seventeenth after being pushed huge by Bottas however made a robust restoration. This was the team’s first double-points end since France in June.

WILLIAMS (George Russell 17, Nicholas Latifi retired)

Latifi retired on lap 51 as a result of a puncture, bringing out the digital security automotive when he parked up by the facet of the observe and marshals needed to come out to take away it. Russell began fifteenth and made an early cease on lap 17 after which needed to pit once more on lap 49 after a left-front puncture.

ALFA ROMEO (Kimi Raikkonen 14, Antonio Giovinazzi 15)

Both did a two-stop technique. Giovinazzi gained 4 locations at the begin.

HAAS (Mick Schumacher 16, Nikita Mazepin 18)

Schumacher began nineteenth and did a one-stop technique, as did Mazepin, who had accomplished solely 15 laps in follow and qualifying as a result of chassis issues.

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Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Toby Davis

Formula One F1 - Qatar Grand Prix - Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar - November 21, 2021 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton crosses the finish line to win the Qatar Grand Prix  REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

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