Lewis Hamilton has conquered the victory of the first edition of Qatar Grand Prix, third to last round of the world championship. The British driver of Mercedes has thus taken the opportunity in the best possible way to shorten the championship standings on Max Verstappen, who in turn finished second at the finish in front of an amazing Fernando Alonso on Alpine. So, The Hammer now has a disadvantage of eight points from the Dutch, protagonist of a comeback from seventh place – thanks to a penalty for not respecting the double yellow flag regime in qualifying – enriched by the signature on the fastest lap of the race, which allowed him to earn an extra point.
A result that further thrilled the Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff, satisfied with the success of his driver despite the retirement of Valtteri Bottas’ second silver arrow, with the Finn who raised the white flag in a race characterized for him by a puncture. In this case, the German team still retains its advantage over its Austrian rivals, but has now narrowed by 5 points on the eve of the next GP in Saudi Arabia: “If everyone finished the next race regularly – commented – the world championship will be decided in Abu Dhabi. Jeddah should be a good lead for us, but we know that every episode counts this year. There will be a long straight there and we will try to bring out the best of our potential. Among other things, the engine we didn’t use here will be mounted on Valtteri’s car ”.
Still in anticipation of the fight for the drivers ‘and constructors’ titles, Wolff underlined the efficiency of the German car on fast sections, enhancing Hamilton’s performance: “We started this weekend with a bittersweet feeling – admitted the Austrian manager – as we were necessarily forced to recover in both championships, but Lewis was extraordinary. The only negative and annoying point is that Verstappen managed to get an extra point, but it’s wonderful to have won the race. The good news is that the car is really fast on both straights and corners, resisting degradation well. In Sao Paulo they woke up the Lion on that Saturday – referred to Hamilton – and whoever wins the title will have fully deserved it. Our goal is to make up ground again – he concluded – and that is exactly what we will do “.
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