,,Fortunately, I was soon second after a very good start,” said Verstappen, who had to start from seventh place after a grid penalty. ,,It was a good race and a nice track to drive. I feel good, it will be an exciting battle until the end.”
In theory, Verstappen could become champion in Jeddah, but then he would have to score nineteen points more than Lewis Hamilton in that penultimate race. The difference is now eight points in favor of the Dutchman.
“It was pretty lonely up front,” said Hamilton. ,,A very solid job by the team. It’s been an incredibly tough year. To now win two races in a row is a great feeling. I am very happy with the car and feel fitter than ever. On to the last two races.”
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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on the podium in Qatar.
Fernando Alonso completed the podium with his first podium finish since the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix. ,,I had hoped on the softest tire to take over the lead from Lewis on the first lap, but unfortunately that didn’t work out. It was still exciting with Sergio Pérez, but luckily I was able to persevere. And Esteban Ocon finished fifth, so for us as a team (Alpine, ed.) it’s a very good day.”
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