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Lewis Hamilton will try to shock and take the lead over Verstappen at Qatar GP: timing, TV and classification

U.S.A.Lewis Hamilton will try to shock and take the...

Hamilton to start from pole in Qatar (Reuters)

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), seven-time Formula 1 world champion, took the first blow at the Qatar Grand Prix for the first time and will start this Sunday ahead of the leader, Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who is on 14 points. I have gone beyond that. , In one race the Spaniards Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) will take on fifth and seventh places respectively.

Hamilton, 36, who is just performing in Brazil, raised his historic record for pole position in the Premier Class to 102 by covering 5,380 meters of Qatari track in one minute, 20 seconds and 827 thousandths. given, which is 455 less than Verstappen’s dominance. Qualifying with mixed luck for teammates of two title contenders: Finn Valtteri Bottas will start in third place at Losel; Where Mexican Sergio Pérez, finished in the second round (Q2), would seek a return from eleventh place.

This Saturday, Hamilton put some pressure on his young rival “Mad Max” who is not easily impressed. For now, he’ll tackle Losel’s very long start (that’s over a kilometer) from first place: a fast circuit, with 16 corners and an abrasive asphalt, that until Friday was practically unknown to everyone. And it’s still a mystery, as far as the behavior of the tires in the race is concerned.

“There is a good distance to the first corner; And it is a beautiful and wide track, so we will give it our all”, announced Hamilton after signing the first pole in Qatar Grand Prix history. “We don’t have a lot of experience on this track as far as the race is concerned, but I don’t think it’s the easiest circuit,” he said.

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“It’s a very fast circuit, so it will be difficult. It will also depend on what tires we are on and what tires our rivals have. I will focus on trying to do my best, as I always do,” Verstappen said after finishing second in qualifying.

The two Mercedes and Verstappen set their best times in Q2 on the medium tyre; Which they will start from this Sunday. The rest of the top ten will do so with soft compound. All of them suffered the behavior of unknown, fine, long tires, on a track with obvious ‘piano’ and gravel areas which could also affect the development of the race.

Hour: 14:00 GMT (11:00 ARG-URU / 10:00 CHI-PAR-VEN-BOL / 09:00 COL-PER-ECU-MEX)

TV: ESPN/STAR+

Top 5 World Rankings

1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 332, 5 Pantos

2 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 318.5 points

3 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 203 points

4 Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 178 points

5 Lando Norris (McLaren) 151 points

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