Verstappen Clinches 14th Victory of the 2023 F1 Season in Qatar Grand Prix Amidst Hamilton and Russell Collision.


Verstappen Clinches 14th Victory of the 2023 F1 Season in Qatar Grand Prix Amidst Hamilton and Russell Collision.

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In a Qatar Grand Prix marked by frequent pit stops stemming from tire concerns, Max Verstappen of Red Bull clinched the top spot, securing the team’s 18th victory in the 2023 Formula 1 World Championship. The race showcased Verstappen’s commanding performance and was distinguished by the enforced minimum tire stint lengths, a safety measure. Oscar Piastri secured second place after relentlessly pursuing race leader Max Verstappen throughout the event. Meanwhile, Lando Norris secured a spot on the podium after an impressive climb from tenth place at the start. Verstappen skillfully defended his position against George Russell’s attempt to overtake on the inside of Turn 1 at the race’s outset.

Lewis Hamilton, who had begun on soft tires while the front-runners opted for mediums, made an ambitious move on his Mercedes teammate. In a swift maneuver around the medium-clad car, the soft-tired W14 made contact, causing damage to Hamilton’s right rear tire and sending him into a spin in the gravel. Russell, too, spun out and fell to the back of the field.

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On lap 51, after undergoing three pit stops, Verstappen made a strategic switch back to medium tires, ultimately securing the victory with a lead of 4.8 seconds. Unfortunately, a front left tire issue extended this pit stop by 4.1 seconds more than anticipated, narrowing Verstappen’s advantage over Piastri.

Fresh from his inaugural F1 victory in the sprint race, Oscar Piastri successfully fended off teammate Lando Norris to claim second place following Max Verstappen’s commanding performance. This marked McLaren’s second consecutive day with a double-podium finish. Despite a tumultuous start that saw Russell collide with Hamilton on the opening lap, necessitating four pit stops, Russell persevered and climbed back to fourth place. Meanwhile, Hamilton was forced to retire from the race.

A technical glitch prevented Carlos Sainz from participating, leaving Charles Leclerc as the sole representative for Ferrari. Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso secured sixth place, followed by Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and the Alfa Romeo duo of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu. Despite a pit lane start, Sergio Perez displayed an impressive performance, earning the final championship point

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1Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing57 Laps
2Oscar PiastriMcLaren+ 4.833s
3Lando NorrisMcLaren+ 5.969s
4George RussellMercedes AMG F1 Team+ 34.119s
5Charles LeclercFerrari+ 38.976s
6Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Formula 1 Team+ 49.032s
7Esteban OconAlpine F1 Team+ 62.390s
8Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo F1 Team+ 66.563s
9Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo F1 Team+ 76.127s
10Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing+ 80.181s
11Lance StrollAston Martin Formula 1 Team+ 81.652s
12Pierre GaslyAlpine F1 Team+ 82.300s
13Alex AlbonWilliams Racing+ 91.014s
14Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team+ 1 Lap
15Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+ 1 Lap
16Nico HulkenbergHaas F1 Team+ 1 Lap
17Liam LawsonAlphaTauri+ 1 Lap
DNFLogan SargeantWilliams Racing
DNFLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG F1 Team
DNSCarlos SainzFerrari
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Carlos Sainz Opts Out of the Lusail International Circuit Race at F1 Qatar Grand Prix
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Following a disappointing Friday qualifying session, Carlos Sainz encountered an unforeseen setback in his plan to secure the twelfth starting position. He narrowly missed advancing to the third and final round of the session, falling short by only 0.031 seconds. Despite being slated to race in his Ferrari, a last-minute issue with the car’s fuel system forced Sainz to withdraw from the competition.

The Ferrari team’s mechanics dedicated extensive hours to rectify the problem with Sainz’s SF-23 and prepare it for racing. Unfortunately, they were unable to resolve the issue in time for the originally scheduled 8 p.m. local time start in Qatar.

In an official statement, the Italian team explained that Carlos Sainz would be unable to participate in the Qatar Grand Prix due to a fuel system complication. Meanwhile, Sainz’s teammate, Charles Leclerc, who began the race from the fifth position, ultimately secured a fifth-place finish. The event was ultimately won by Max Verstappen, now a three-time world champion.


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