Qatar Review and Next Race Previews – Red Eye Events26 Nov
The Losail International Circuit hosted the 20th round of the Formula One World Championship last weekend, where Hamilton and Alonso got off to a flying start. Meanwhile Verstappen’s grid penalty left him with the task of damage limitation, finishing second in the race as well as claiming an extra point for the fastest lap. There are two races left on the calendar, and the Saudi Arabian GP takes place on Sunday 5th December at the Jeddah Corniche circuit, whilst Abu Dhabi hosts the final race of the season at the Yas Marina Circuit – it’s set to be a nail-biting finish. With this in mind, let’s look back at the Qatar GP, whilst glancing ahead to what’s in store as we get to the business end of the season.
Hamilton wins in Qatar to close gap on Verstappen
After a breath-taking victory in Qatar, Lewis Hamilton is now favourite to be crowned the 2021 Drivers’ Champion after narrowing the gap at the top of the drivers’ championship to eight points off the back of two dominant performances. The Mercedes man dominated the race from start to finish after securing pole on the back of an excellent qualifying session.
His Dutch rival Verstappen did his upmost to negate the damage, coming from seventh on the grid after a five-place penalty to secure second – salvaging the event with an essential late point added for achieving the fastest lap. The pair were joined on the podium by Alpine Racing’s Fernando Alonso. The legendary driver pulled off an unbelievable performance to clinch 3rd place, being pushed all the way by Perez – the best result of his comeback season and a hit of nostalgia to days gone by. So, what does all this mean going into the penultimate race of the season?
The Saudi Arabian GP – Preview
The build-up to Saudi Arabia begins… The penultimate race of the season is set to be a spectacle - with just eight points separating the dominating pair, it looks to be a photo-finish situation with the outcome too close to call!
To add to the excitement, the new Saudi Arabian street circuit in Jeddah will host the country’s first GP in December. As the second-longest circuit on the calendar, its 3.8-mile, 27-corner makeup on the banks of the Red Sea will be the fastest street layout in F1’s history, with average speeds of 155mph. We can expect an exhilarating event come race day!
2021 is F1’s closest championship for a few years… Bearing in mind it could be decided at the Saudi Arabian GP, Verstappen has an opportunity to clinch a maiden F1 title. Sure, Hamilton has back-to-back victories which boosts his chances of closing the gap. However, the Dutchman just needs results to go his way to seal the deal before the season’s climax.
Preview; going out with a bang at the Yas Marina
Depending on what happens in Saudi Arabia, the championship may very well be tied heading into the last race of the year. Coupling this with what we know of the spectacle that is the Abu Dhabi GP, we’re surely in for a thriller in the grand finale of the 2021 F1 Championship.
What’s more? The Yas Marina Circuit has evolved! Taking into consideration the feedback received from spectators and drivers alike, the changes include major circuit modifications to three crucial zones of the track to create more overtaking opportunities, and closer wheel-to-wheel racing for a faster, free-flowing circuit. The dawn of a new era will see the drivers brake later for all-out overtaking action – upping the tempo to what is already a thrilling event.
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