8 points and two races to go. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are in a fierce battle

Lewis Hamilton won the Qatar Grand Prix and Max Verstappen made his way from seventh to second and may be happy too. With two races ahead of the end of the season, the situation in F1 is exciting. It has not been like this for years.

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Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton won the Qatar GP, which made the competition for the Formula 1 world championship even more interesting. In two races before the end of the season, the Brit was close to Max Verstappen by 8 points. A consolation for the Dutchman may be the fact that at the Losail track he minimized losses anyway, after he had to start the competition from the seventh starting position.

Red Bull Racing can take comfort in making up a large part of the losses in the F1 constructors’ standings. This includes Credit to Valtteri Bottas, who scored only one driver for Mercedes in the Qatar GP. Currently, the best F1 constructors are only 5 points apart.

After the Qatar GP, Ferrari seems to have settled the issue of third place among the constructors. The Italians fared better than McLaren at Losail and are now 39.5 points ahead.

In turn, Alpine scored a significant number of points in the Qatar GP, which made Alpha Tauri jump in the competition for the title of the fifth team of the 2021 season.

F1 drivers classification:

M. Driver Country Team Pts.
1. Max Verstappen the Netherlands Red Bull Racing 351.5
2. Lewis Hamilton Great Britain Mercedes 343.5
3. Valtteri Bottas Finland Mercedes 203
4. Sergio Perez Mexico Red Bull Racing 190
5. Lando Norris Great Britain McLaren 153
6. Charles Leclerc Monaco Ferrari 152
7. Carlos Sainz Spain Ferrari 145.5
8. Daniel Ricciardo Australia McLaren 105
9. Pierre Gasly France Alpha Tauri 92
10. Fernando Alonso Spain Alpine 77
11. Esteban Ocon France Alpine 60
12. Sebastian Vettel Germany Aston Martin 43
13. Lance Stroll Canada Aston Martin 34
14. Yuki Tsunoda Japan Alpha Tauri twenty
15. George Russell Great Britain Williams 16
16. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Alfa Romeo 10
17. Nicholas Latifi Canada Williams 7
18. Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Alfa Romeo 1
19. Mick Schumacher Germany Haas 0
twenty. Robert Kubica Poland Alfa Romeo 0
21. Nikita Mazepin Russia Haas 0

F1 constructors classification:

M. Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 546.5
2. Red Bull Racing 541.5
3. Ferrari 297.5
4. McLaren 258
5. Alpine 137
6. Alpha Tauri 112
7. Aston Martin 77
8. Williams 23
9. Alfa Romeo 11
10. Haas 0

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