Hamilton and Verstappen create tension in World Cup and Alonso shows his ‘plan’

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LOSEL (Qatar), November 22 (EFE) . – Englishman Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who celebrated his seventh win of the year, and Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), whose lead fell to eight points with two races remaining Was. , he further consolidated the Formula One World Championship in budding Qatar; Where Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine) shone in the night of Losel; Resurrected seven years later, reaching a podium that became the number 98 of his illustrious career in the Premier Class.
On the platform of Qatar, the third country in the Middle East to host F1 races – after Bahrain and Abu Dhabi (UAE) – they were what many believe to be the three best rookie drivers of the century, starting with the German Michael Schumacher reigned – his first two crowns from 1994 and 1995 – whose seven titles Hamilton equaled last year.
‘Sir’ Lewis, 36, knighted by Queen Elizabeth after emulating ‘Caesar’, ahead of ‘Mad Max’ – twelve years younger – won the Night of Losel. Where the Austrian double world champion shone at the top, the 40-year-old confirmed what she declared to EFE in Austria last July. “In F1, age doesn’t matter, chronology matters,” said Alonso, whose previous draw in F1 came back at the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton seemed doomed in Mexico, where the young Dutch star Won and his Mexican partner Sergio Pérez added music – with his fifteenth podium of the year – to the great Red Bull party. But the eccentric and brilliant Stevenage Champion also counts resilience among his virtues; And, after winning in So Paulo (Brazil) and Losel over the next two weekends, they have the World Cup heating up. After raising his two historic records in Formula One to 102: ‘Poles’ and victories.
Verstappen set the fastest lap and excellently minimal damage at Losel, where ‘Checo’ finished fourth; and the second Spaniard, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), was in seventh place. For not following the double yellow flag during qualifying on Saturday, the great idol of fans of the Netherlands – who experienced the equivalent of ‘Alonsomnia’ represented in Spain 15 years ago – was sanctioned with the loss of five places on the grid. was granted, so he began seventh. It took him only a few laps to regain his position on Saturday – his second – and ended up signing a quick lap in the race that in this case is doubly so: he scored a point and allowed his great rival to do the same. stopped from
But Hamilton once again made good on his skin tattooing motto, “Yet We Rise”, which says something like “In spite of everything, we rise”. And the toughest World Cup in recent years is now a pressure cooker, with two races to go: Saudi Arabia, which will also make its F1 debut over two weekends; and Abu Dhabi, which will conclude the championship on 12 December.
Both Mercedes captains, like Red Bull, rely on themselves. In the broad stroke, Hamilton will secure an unprecedented eighth title if he wins the two remaining races, but Verstappen may already be crowned in the Arabian two Sundays if he wins and the Englishman does not improve to eighth; Or even being second in Jeddah, if the Briton does not score in the final exam.
However, everything indicates that access to the throne is located on the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. In a World Cup whose spirit is also transferred to the Constructors’ World Cup, in which Mercedes – winners of the last seven – lead Red Bull by five points.
Meanwhile, Sainz’s Ferrari confirmed its third place at Losail, a circuit whose executive director is another Spaniard, Juan Baquero, who expressed his pride to Efe for a sensational event announced in September to be “held in eight weeks”. did. The Madrilaneian remains seventh in the world championship – but only six-and-a-half points behind his Monegasque teammate Charles Leclerc, whom he beat again – and the ‘Scuderia’ is now 39 and a half points ahead of McLaren.
Although the man of the day at Losail was undoubtedly Alonso, second only to the claimants to the title, who steered ships from another dimension; And he just finished his best weekend since returning to F1 after a two-year absence. The campaigns he took advantage of to win the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and, among others, two great races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France)—on two occasions—and the 24 Hours of Daytona (Florida, USA). As well as making a very pleasant impression on his debut at the Dakar rally in Arabia.
Valtteri Bottas – Hamilton’s teammate – who would not finish the race, was also cleared for not seeing the yellow flags in qualifying. The Finn – third in the World Cup, 13 points ahead of ‘Checo’, who wishes to take that spot away from him – lost three places on the grid and so did Alonso, who already shone with his fifth place on Saturday. It was over Qualifying, he found himself facing Losel more than a kilometer (until a few days earlier) from third place in the opening formation.
The brilliant Asturian driver did not impress when it comes to optimizing resources; And he even joked with Efe before entering the grill, admitting that he “had a good night, yeah.” His skillful piloting earned him the ‘Driver of the Day’ award and few were not happy with the latest success of one of the most important figures in the history of Spanish sport on Sunday: one that propelled him to return to the podium. that he had not stepped in for more than seven years. in July 2014; When he finished second with Ferrari, the Hungarian Grand Prix. In Hungering. Where, in 2003, he celebrated his first of 32 victories in the premier class: the 32 that Spain has in F1’s 72.
Alonso arrived in Losail wearing a T-shirt with the slogan ‘Believe in the plan’, an idea that had long gone viral and which he himself recognized, laughing and saying it was not It tastes great what do you mean, earlier in the month during the Asturian Sports Gala, in which he collected the prize for the best athlete of 2019 – which was won by Raul Entreiros, the record holder of internationalism with the Spanish in 2020. Handball Team. But it points to 2022. When a new regulation changes F1 and, possibly, makes it more competitive and even.
In Qatar, the Asturian star re-energized the mystery surrounding that idea and showed off his plan with an excellent platform that he clearly deserved, “without gifts, in a race in which nothing strange happened, He told Efe in the Losel paddock after the official FIA press conference, still somewhat impersonal, via telematics and not in person, because of the pandemic.
Fernando, who will be the oldest the next year, follows the retirement of Kimi Raikkonen – the last Ferrari world champion, in 2007 (when the Finn took a title that Ron Dennis and McLaren, with his disastrous management, with Oviedo’s management ruined it). given) , then the driver of the Woking team) – showed that he is much younger than most of his contenders.
He was drenched in sweat, but radiant, in the desert of Qatar, which hosted its first F1 race – between 2023 and 2032 he signed a further ten – just a year after that country hosted the final leg of the World Cup. after. Without comparing your feelings with any past success. “I don’t know… it’s not the same; it wasn’t a victory. If he had won it would have been different,” he told Efe upon his team’s return to the motorhome, with which he immortalized himself in the new possession. Trophy awarded.
The World Cup will move to the Red Sea, off the coast of the Persian Gulf, where Jeddah will host Saudi Arabia’s first Grand Prix in history. A trial held on the second longest track in the championship after Spa-Francorchamps, home of the Belgian Grand Prix (7,004 m). Measuring 6,175 meters, Arabia has 27 curves and is set to become the fastest street circuit in the world.
If the competition is not decided in Arabia, the champion will be certified in the United Arab Emirates. Yas Marina, which has been in the World Cup since 2009, will host the thirteenth edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. the 5,281m track that Verstappen won last year; But in which no one equals Hamilton’s five victories.
Adrian R. hubare

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