RACE DEBRIEF

    No one could touch Lewis Hamilton or Max Verstappen as they took the first two places in Qatar on Sunday, but behind them there was plenty of action – and plenty of interesting numbers being generated, including another record for F1 veteran Fernando Alonso. Here’s our round-up…

    • Hamilton P1 and Verstappen P2 today was the 19th time we’ve seen this result, just 1 short of the most recurring 1-2 finishes in F1 history (Hamilton-Nico Rosberg, and Michael Schumacher-Rubens Barrichello).

    • Hamilton today won on the 30th different circuit in his F1 career.

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    • He also led the 175th race of his F1 career tonight.

    • Hamilton's 102nd career win tonight means that as an individual he's won more races than every nation on earth except Germany (179) and Great Britain (306).

    • Verstappen finished in the top 2 for the 6th consecutive race tonight.

    • Verstappen secured his 16th podium finish of 2021 here. He has never finished 3rd this year.

    • He took the fastest lap bonus point for the 4th time this season.

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    Lewis Hamilton has now won on an incredible 30 different F1 circuits

    • Fernando Alonso scored his first podium for Alpine and his first in F1 since Hungary 2014, 105 races ago – a record interval between consecutive podiums.

    • Prior to tonight Alonso had never finished on the podium whilst Verstappen – who made his F1 debut at the 2015 Australian Grand Prix – has been on the grid.

    • In the last 35 years, apart from Alonso only 2 other drivers over the age of 40 have finished on the podium (Michael Schumacher, Europe 2012, and Nigel Mansell, Australia 1994).

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    • With Alonso’s podium and team mate Esteban Ocon’s P5, Alpine scored 25 points today, whilst arch-rivals AlphaTauri took zero. Prior to Qatar the two teams were tied on points in the battle for 5th in the constructors' championship.

    • After his win in Hungary, this was Ocon’s 2nd top-5 finish of the year.

    • Sergio Perez was P4 for Red Bull. He has now finished 1st, 2nd and 4th in his 3 career starts in Qatar in F1 and GP2 Asia.

    • He has now finished in the top 4 on 10 occasions this year, including in the last 5 races.

    • P6 for Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll was his first top-6 finish of the season, ending a 3-race pointless streak for the Canadian.

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    P6 was Lance Stroll's best result of the season for Aston Martin

    • Carlos Sainz finished P7 for Ferrari, extending his active scoring streak to 13 races in a row, and his active finishing streak to 27 races in a row.

    • Team mate Charles Leclerc in P8 finished outside of the top 5 for the first time in 5 races.

    • The Ferrari drivers have finished one immediately behind the other at the last 3 races in a row.

    • Lando Norris in 9th scored McLaren’s only points in the team’s 900th world championship start.

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    • Team mate Daniel Ricciardo ended up pointless for a 3rd straight race.

    • McLaren have only scored 4 points in the last 3 races.

    • Sebastian Vettel was P10 for Aston Martin – the 6th time he's finished 10th since the start of 2020, having never finished there in his career prior to that.

    • Pierre Gasly finished outside the points in P11 for AlphaTauri, despite starting from 2nd on the grid.