Event: Qatar F1 Grand Prix
Track: Losail International Circuit

F1 Qualifying Results 2021 Qatar Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton scores his 102nd pole

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Lewis Hamilton qualified as quickest for the 102nd time in his F1 career and scored pole position for tomorrow's Qatar Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver will start from P1 for 4th time this season. It was the 133rd pole for the Mercedes F1 team.

Red Bull put on a bigger back wing on Max Verstappen's car compared to FP3. Both Haas driver were the first to enter the track. The sun already had set and floodlights were lighting up dark track. Mick Schumacher set the first lap time but it was deleted by the stewards for exceeding track limits. After the first run Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet with a 1:22.019 min. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was +0.2s behind on P2 and AlphaTauri driver PIerre Gasly on +0.8s on P3.

With 5 minutes to go the driver in the drop zone for Q2 were: Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), MIck Schumacher (Haas) and Nikita Mazepin (Haas). All drivers in the elimination zone did improve, but did not make it into Q2.

After the first stint Hamilton topped the timesheet with a 1:21.682 on medium tyres. With 5 minutes to go the driver who had to improve to make it into Q3 were: Lando Norris (McLaren), Sergio Perez (Red Bull), George Russell (Williams), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).

In the end only Norris made it into Q3, which was quite extraordinary. It was the third time Perez didn't make it into Q3. Gasly and Alonso had a great lap and they even ended up as second and third.

Both Mercedes' cars kicked off Q3 with Hamilton in front. After the first stint Hamilton was fastest with a 1:21.262 min. Verstappen was second on +0.162s and Bottas was 3rd on +0.216, while Gasly was 4th on +0.379s. Alonso was 5th on 0.408s.

The second stint also was kicked off by Hamilton. Verstappen came out with only 2:38 min to go. Hamilton took off 0.3 sec. off and the British driver will start on P1 for the 102th time tomorrow.

Qualifying Times 2021 Qatar GP

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.901 1:21.682 1:20.827 18
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:21.996 1:21.984 1:21.282 18
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:22.016 1:21.991 1:21.478 20
4 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:22.535 1:21.728 1:21.640 19
5 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:22.422 1:21.894 1:21.670 18
6 4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:22.839 1:22.216 1:21.731 21
7 55 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:22.304 1:22.241 1:21.840 21
8 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:22.458 1:22.058 1:21.881 18
9 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:22.565 1:22.012 1:22.028 18
10 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:22.549 1:22.146 1:22.785 21
11 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:22.398 1:22.346 12
12 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:22.551 1:22.460 15
13 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:22.742 1:22.463 15
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:22.688 1:22.597 15
15 63 George Russell Williams 1:22.863 16
16 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:23.156 9
17 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:23.213 10
18 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:23.262 8
19 47 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:23.407 9
20 9 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:25.859 9

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5 F1 Fan comments on “F1 Qualifying Results 2021 Qatar Grand Prix

    • Penelope Pitstop

      Yes Jax, that describes the situation nicely - however, LH is prone to poor starts this season, while MV has been very sharp off the start line. Checo might as well be on a different circuit for all the support he can offer. On recent form, might be better for VB not to get in the mix, unless he can defend LH into the first corner!

      • Jax

        True. His starts are his only weakness that he hasn't consistently corrected. But not concerned. Avoidance of Mad Max's corner shenanigans are more important. Lewis's pace will hunt and dispatch Max in due course if necessary. As to Bottas defending from Max....pfft.
        Let's get it on.

  1. Jere Jyrälä

    Sainz got lucky through Leclerc's, Perez's, & Ricciardo's slowness. Gasly also got lucky despite no one getting yellows.
    Hamilton's pole lap, though.

  2. ReallyOldRacer

    Done deal.....end of race VER's lead will be 7 or 4 points (excl. fast lap point) unless we have a bar fight. Feel free to go to brunch after the first corner.


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