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2021 Formula One Qatar Grand Prix

Who will win World Drivers' Championship?


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With three races remaining on the 2021 F1 calendar and both driver and constructor championships still to be decided, the Qatar Grand Prix looks to be yet another exciting race.

Week after week in 2021, it seems like the driver's championship is not yet decided, but momentum appears to be favouring either Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen. This is the situation we find ourselves in again as the field heads to Qatar. Hamilton's new engine in Brazil helped him to gain 25 positions over the course of a sprint race and grand prix weekend, and appears to have put him in a position to challenge Verstappen's 14-point advantage in the remaining races. A season full of surprises and twists, however, makes it unlikely that the narrative at the end of the year will be as simple as "Hamilton's new engine helped him win the remaining races and take the championship". Penalties, strategy calls, DNFs and weather may still have a significant effect on this battle.

Like the driver's championship, each time the constructor's championship appears to be close to a conclusion, something happens to draw Mercedes and Red Bull back into close contention. Entering Brazil, for example, the two teams were separated by just one point. A double podium finish from Mercedes has expanded that lead to 11 points.

Also in the constructor's championship, Ferrari has surged ahead of McLaren after an excellent showing at Sao Paulo, with Ferrari claiming the 5th and 6th spots and taking a 31.5 point lead over their rivals. McLaren managed just one point in the race, with Lando Norris finishing 10th and Daniel Ricciardo retiring on lap 49.

News broke this week that Antonio Giovinazzi will be leaving the Alfa Romeo F1 team after this season and joining Formula E. He will be replaced with current F 2 driver Guanyu Zhou. Zhou will drive alongside Valtteri Bottas next season, as Kimi Räikkönen is planning to retire.

Let us know your thoughts entering the Qatar GP this weekend in the comments below, with so much still to be decided in the three remaining races.

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Congratz Hamilton for the WDC. No one can match the Mercedes overpowered power unit tuned to 150%. Its like the other cars are F2 cars compared to Mercedes.

Perez??
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Mercedes only fastest because the overpowered motor. Ai ai ai. Hope Hams power unit explode tomorrow.
 
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Nice quali. Very fast Mercedes. Again Max could split the both Mercedes'. Interesting race tomorrow!
 
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Again Max between the two Merc.. so whats the fastest car Perez out of top 10
 
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Don't mind me, just getting an early seat for the "war of words" spectacular....
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Bring me back a Sprite and some good & plenty if you're heading back out...thanks :thumbsup:
 
"Verstappen summoned over yellow flag infringement" :coffee:
Busy times. Also extra investigation after quali for the rear wing of Mercedes and it seems (not officialy confirmed yet, so maybe a bad rumour?) that this Merc wing is not allowed anymore in Jeddah? That was said during quali by very reliable source: Dutch Ollie (no joke!). He always checks before saying anything. He hates gossip-ing. Those who watch ZiggoF1 can confirm.

BTW this is the article about the Max (and Bottas?) yellow flag infringement. Makes it easier for the upcoming readers. Teamwork David! https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/verstappen-qatar-gp-qualifying-yellow-flag/6802819/
 
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Busy times. Also extra investigation after quali for the rear wing of Mercedes and it seems (not officialy confirmed yet, so maybe a bad rumour?) that this Merc wing is not allowed anymore in Jeddah? That was said during quali by very reliable source: Dutch Ollie (no joke!). He always checks before saying anything. He hates gossip-ing. Those who watch ZiggoF1 can confirm.

BTW this is the article about the Max (and Bottas?) yellow flag infringement. Makes it easier for the upcoming readers. Teamwork David! https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/verstappen-qatar-gp-qualifying-yellow-flag/6802819/

According to Horner the FIA have a new test being conducted on rear wings, they will apply about 80KGS to each cars wing to see for any movement. Said they allow 2mm of movement, anymore is considered illegal.

No news on whether the Merc has failed, the team say they are confident all will be fine. I wonder what will be said if the wing passes?
 
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