Race Notes – Hamilton wins in Qatar

Lewis Hamilton won the first Qatar Grand Prix in his Mercedes Grand Prix, 25.743s ahead of Max Verstappen in his Red Bull-Honda in second place. On lap 4 Gasly goes wide and Verstappen passes him for third place. On lap 5 Verstappen sets fast lap at 1m28.166s, and follows Hamilton by 3.8 seconds. On lap 9 Hamilton sets fast lap at 1m28.127 and then the next lap at 1m27.906s. On lap 14 Gasly pits and changes to medium tyres and rejoins in 18th. On lap 18 Verstappen pits from second, and changes to hard tyres and rejoins still in second place just ahead of Alonso. The next lap Hamilton responds to Verstappen’s move and pits from the lead and changes to hard tyres and rejoins still in the lead, 8.3 seconds ahead. On lap 41 Verstappen pits from second for medium tyres and rejoins still in second. The next lap Hamilton pits for medium tyres and rejoins still in the lead.

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