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The 2021 Qatar Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Ooredoo Qatar Grand Prix 2021) was the 20th race of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Losail International Circuit between November 19 and November 21 2021. It was the inaugural F1 race held in Qatar.


Background[]

The Losail International Circuit, originally host as the Qatar Grand Prix for MotoGP since 2004, was announced to be replacing the TBC slot due to the canceled 2021 Australian Grand Prix on September 30 2021, marking it the first time Qatar hosted Formula One. A 10-year deal to host the race beginning 2023 was also signed.

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Honda Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 21 1.6L V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 21 1.6L V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Honda Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
Source:[1]

Practice Overview[]

FP1[]

Max Verstappen set the fastest time, followed by Pierre Gasly and Valtteri Bottas.

FP2[]

Valtteri Bottas was quickest, followed by Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen. Nikita Mazepin had to sit out due to a severely damage chassis.

FP3[]

Practice Results[]

The full practice results for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix are outlined below:

No Driver Team FP1 FP2 FP3
Time Pos Time Pos Time Pos
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.291 11 1:24.135 14 1:23.711 11
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.215 10 1:23.632 5 1:23.895 13
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 1:25.328 12 1:24.020 9 1:23.884 12
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:25.688 13 1:25.209 18 1:24.499 18
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:25.828 15 1:24.631 15 1:24.246 16
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 1:27.500 20 No Time NC No Time 20
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1:24.160 2 1:23.357 2 1:22.835 4
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 1:24.915 8 1:23.787 8 1:22.846 5
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 1:25.905 17 1:24.056 12 1:23.186 7
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 1:24.790 7 1:24.095 13 1:23.276 9
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 1:26.712 19 1:23.705 6 1:24.154 15
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 1:24.648 5 1:23.735 7 1:23.567 10
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 1:24.972 9 1:24.041 11 1:23.209 8
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 1:23.723 1 1:23.498 3 1:22.651 3
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1:24.509 4 1:23.570 4 1:22.388 2
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 1:26.699 18 1:25.575 19 1:24.680 19
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 1:24.713 6 1:24.033 10 1:23.048 6
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:25.871 16 1:24.954 16 1:23.923 14
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1:24.194 3 1:23.148 1 1:22.310 1
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:25.757 14 1:25.072 17 1:24.288 17
Source: [2][3][4]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Eliminated from the session were Raikkonen, Latifi, Giovinazzi, Schumacher and Mazepin, who was nearly four seconds off having not driven much in FPs 2 and 3.

Q2[]

Perez, Stroll, Leclerc, Ricciardo and Russell were all eliminated in the session.

Q3[]

Having set the fastest time early on, Hamilton managed to improve again to the fastest time overall of the session, just before Gasly, who was fourth fastest, ran over the kerbs exiting Turn 15 and receiving a puncture and broken front wing. Verstappen and Bottas stayed second and third fastest as yellow flags were deployed for a slowing Gasly, meaning Hamilton secured his first pole position since the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, with the gap of 0.455 the largest margin of the season.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1 1:21.901 1 1:21.682 1 1:20.827 1
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 2 1:21.996 4 1:21.984 2 1:21.282 7*
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 3 1:22.016 5 1:21.991 3 1:21.478 6
4 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 8 1:22.535 2 1:21.728 4 1:21.640 2
5 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 6 1:22.422 3 1:21.894 5 1:21.670 3
6 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 14 1:22.839 9 1:22.216 6 1:21.731 4
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 4 1:22.304 10 1:22.241 7 1:21.840 5
8 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 7 1:22.458 7 1:22.058 8 1:21.881 8
9 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 11 1:22.565 6 1:22.012 9 1:22.028 9
10 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 9 1:22.549 8 1:22.146 10 1:22.785 10
11 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 5 1:22.398 11 1:22.346 11
12 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 10 1:22.551 12 1:22.460 12
13 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 13 1:22.742 13 1:22.463 13
14 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:22.688 14 1:22.597 14
15 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 15 1:22.863 15 1:22.756 15
16 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 16 1:23.156 16
17 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 17 1:23.213 17
18 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 18 1:23.262 18
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 19 1:23.407 19
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:25.859 20
107% Time: 1:27.634
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Verstappen was given a five-place grid penalty for not slowing down during waved double yellow flags.
  • Bottas was given a three-place grid penalty for not slowing down during waved single yellow flag.

Grid[]

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
United Kingdom Hamilton 2
______________ France Gasly
Row 2 3 ______________
Spain Alonso 4
______________ United Kingdom Norris
Row 3 5 ______________
Spain Sainz 6
______________ Finland Bottas
Row 4 7 ______________
Netherlands Verstappen 8
______________ Japan Tsunoda
Row 5 9 ______________
France Ocon 10
______________ Germany Vettel
Row 6 11 ______________
Mexico Pérez 12
______________ Canada Stroll
Row 7 13 ______________
Monaco Leclerc 14
______________ Australia Ricciardo
Row 8 15 ______________
United Kingdom Russell 16
______________ Finland Räikkönen
Row 9 17 ______________
Canada Latifi 18
______________ Italy Giovinazzi
Row 10 19 ______________
Germany Schumacher 20
______________ Russian Automobile Federation Mazepin

Notes[]

  • Bottas and Verstappen penalised 3 and 5 grid places respectively for yellow-flag infringements during qualifying.[6]

Race[]

Report[]

Just hours before the race, Verstappen, Bottas and Sainz were summoned to the stewards for yellow flag infractions during qualifying. As a result, Verstappen was handed a five-place grid penalty, dropping from second to seventh, while Bottas received a three-place penalty, dropping down to sixth. Sainz meanwhile was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Hamilton led out of the start, with Alonso passing Gasly a few corners later while Verstappen leapt to fourth. Bottas however dropped down to eleventh. As the race progressed, Hamilton gradually began to extend his advantage from the field, while Verstappen made his way to second in a couple of laps. Perez and Bottas also progressed. Verstappen dropped from Hamilton as he reported minor wing damage.

Verstappen stopped on Lap 17, and Hamilton followed a lap later and retained the lead, though lost a bit of time encountering traffic and Verstappen's pace on newer tires. At this stage, Bottas, Norris and both Ferraris are yet to stop, with Perez and Alonso passing Leclerc after the Monegasque locked up at Turn 1.

Drama began on the 33rd lap when Bottas suddenly suffered a puncture on the front left tire, limping back to the pits, dropping down and rejoining out of the points. Hamilton, Verstappen and Perez then made their second stops, trading fastest laps with each other as Perez recovered again, passing Stroll and Ocon to reclaim the final podium spot from Alonso, who was voicing concerns on his tires running on a long stint.

More puncture incidents then followed, with Russell being the first of these to receive the puncture, then Norris, and then Latifi. Unlike Russell, who made it back to the pits to have his tires replaced, Latifi was forced to stop on the side of the track to retire, just as Norris pitted from 5th with the similar issue, dropping down to 10th. Bottas meanwhile had retired earlier following damage received from his puncture.

Perez' charge on Alonso was all but over when the VSC was called in the closing laps to recover Latifi's car. Verstappen pitted for soft tires in an attempt to set the fastest lap. Hamilton meanwhile, completed the final tour without incident and won the race, with Verstappen a distance behind in second and Alonso in third ahead of Perez. Completing in the points were Ocon, Stroll, Sainz, Leclerc, Norris and Vettel.

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 57 1:24:28.471 1 25
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 57 + 25.743 7 19FL
3 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 57 + 59.457 3 15
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 57 + 1:02.306 11 12
5 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 57 + 1:20.570 9 10
6 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 57 + 1:21.274 12 8
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 57 + 1:21.911 5 6
8 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 57 + 1:23.126 13 4
9 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 + 1 lap 4 2
10 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 56 + 1 lap 10 1
11 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 56 + 1 lap 2
12 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 + 1 lap 14
13 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 56 + 1 lap 8
14 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 56 + 1 lap 16
15 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 56 + 1 lap 18
16 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 56 + 1 lap 19
17 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 55 + 2 laps 15
18 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 55 + 2 laps 20
Ret 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 50 Puncture 17
Ret 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 48 Puncture damage 6
Source:[7]

Milestones[]

  • First Qatar Grand Prix held.
    • Qatar is the 33rd sovereign nation to host a grand prix.
  • 900th start for McLaren.
  • 102nd pole position and race win for Lewis Hamilton.
    • Hamilton extends his record of taking pole position at the most different circuits at 31, and making Losail as the 30th different circuit to win.
    • This race also marks Hamilton's 60th victory from pole position, and his 175th race led.
  • First front row start for Pierre Gasly.
  • 98th podium for Fernando Alonso, his first since the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix.
    • Alonso breaks the record for the most races between consecutive podiums at 105 races.

Standings[]

With two races remaining, Hamilton closed the gap to Verstappen to eight points. Bottas' retirement meant that Red Bull closed into Mercedes to 5 points in the constructor's championship battle. Alonso's podium meant that Alpine took off from AlphaTauri with a 25-point difference, as neither driver of the latter team scored. Ferrari also extended their advantage from McLaren by 8 points after yet another poor showing from McLaren.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 351.5
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 343.5
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 203
4 Mexico Sergio Pérez 190
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris 153
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 152
7 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 145.5
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 105
9 France Pierre Gasly 92
10 Spain Fernando Alonso 77
11 France Esteban Ocon 60
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel 43
13 Canada Lance Stroll 34
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 20
15 United Kingdom George Russell 16
16 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 10
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi 7
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 546.5
2 Austria Red Bull-Honda 541.5
3 Italy Ferrari 297.5
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 258
5 France Alpine-Renault 137
6 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 112
7 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 77
8 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 23
9 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 11

Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

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References:

  1. 2021 Qatar Grand Prix - Entry List (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile.
  2. "2021 Qatar Grand Prix – Practice 1 Results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 19 November 2021. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1105/qatar/practice-1.html. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  3. "2021 Qatar Grand Prix – Practice 2 Results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 19 November 2021. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1105/qatar/practice-2.html. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  4. "2021 Qatar Grand Prix – Practice 3 Results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 20 November 2021. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1105/qatar/practice-3.html. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  5. 2021 Qatar Grand Prix - Qualifying, https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1105/qatar/qualifying.html, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2021), accessed on 20 Nov 2021)
  6. Formula1.com: 2021 Qatar Grand Prix - Starting Grid, https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1105/qatar/starting-grid.html
  7. 2021 Qatar Grand Prix - Race Result, https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1105/qatar/race-result.html, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2021), accessed on 21 Nov 2021)
V T E 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriAlpineAston MartinFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRed BullWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlonsoBottasGaslyGiovinazziHamiltonKubicaLatifiLeclercMazepinNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzSchumacherStrollTsunodaVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 9 Mazepin • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 22 Tsunoda • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Schumacher • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 88 Kubica • 99 Giovinazzi
Other Drivers AitkenAlbonCalderónde Vriesdi RestaFittipaldiHülkenbergIlottKvyatNissanyVandoorneZhou
Cars Alfa Romeo C41AlphaTauri AT02Alpine A521Aston Martin AMR21Ferrari SF21Haas VF-21McLaren MCL35MMercedes W12Red Bull RB16BWilliams FW43B
Tyres Pirelli
Races BahrainImolaPortugalSpainMonacoAzerbaijanFranceStyriaAustriaBritainHungaryBelgiumNetherlandsItalyRussiaTurkeyUnited StatesMexicoBrazilQatarSaudi ArabiaAbu Dhabi
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