Qatar Grand Prix 2021: All you need to know after qualifying round

Lewis Hamilton is all set to start at the pole position ahead of his rival Max Verstappen for the all-important Qatar Grand Prix.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 21 November 2021 5:28 pm

For those following Formula 1, interesting weeks and days lie ahead. The Championship is heading towards its climactic end with three races still to go and the first of them is set to happen later today in Qatar.

Lewis Hamilton is all set to start at the pole position ahead of his rival Max Verstappen for the all-important Qatar Grand Prix, in the context of the championship race. Hamilton produced a dominant performance in the qualifying round which shows his form heading into what could be the decisive races in this season.

In what was Formula 1's first-ever shootout at the Losail circuit, Hamilton seemed in perfect control all throughout and topped both Q1 and Q2 before going on to stretch his lead in the dying stages of the race.

As a result, Hamilton finished his final Q3 lap 0.4555s ahead of the current leader of the Championship - Verstappen. Notably, the margin of Hamilton clinching the race happens to the largest margin between the two fierce competitors in a dry qualifying season this year.

However, even this Grand Prix hasn't been without its share of drama as it was learned that Max Verstappen was handed a stewards' summons for allegedly "not respecting double waved yellow flags" at the end of qualifying.

Check out the Top 10 results of the Qatar GP qualifying here:

1st- Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2nd- Max Verstappen, Red Bull

3rd- Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

4th- Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri

5th- Fernando Alonso, Alpine

6th- Lando Norris, McLaren

7th- Carlos Sainz, Ferrari

8th Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri

9th- Esteban Ocon, Alpine

10th- Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin

Driver’s Standings

1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)- 332.5 points

2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)- 318.5 points

3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)- 203 points

4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)- 178 points

5. Lando Norris (McLaren)- 151 points

Constructor’s Standings

Mercedes- 521.5 points

Red Bull- 510.5 points

Ferrari- 287.5 points

McLaren- 256 points

Alpine- 112 points

The Qatar GP race is set to commence at 7:30 pm (IST) at the Losail International Circuit.