Verstappen Edges Mercedes For Qatar Pole

QATAR — Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen was in his usual form during qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix on Friday, edging out Mercedes’ drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton to take pole position at Losail International Circuit. The reigning Formula 1 champion set a fast lap of 1 minute, 23.778 seconds. The tarmac was quite slippery so I was really having to build up lap after lap, but I think we were in a good window and we were improving quite nicely through each run,” Verstappen said. Russell was clocked at 1 minute, 24.219 seconds, while Hamilton’s best time was 1 minute, 24.305 seconds. “It’s great to have Lewis (Hamilton) behind me in P3 now.

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