Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP waves to the crowd
Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of overturning Max Verstappen’s championship lead took a boost after he beat his title rival to pole position at the Qatar Grand Prix.
Mercedes continued to display their impressive pace from the Brazilian Grand Prix last weekend as Hamilton beat the Red Bull of Verstappen by almost half a second at the Losail International Circuit.
Verstappen was unable to improve on his first run after Pierre Gasly suffered a late puncture, which brought the session to an end.
Sunday’s race will be just the second time this season that Hamilton has started a Grand Prix ahead of Verstappen on the front row, and the seven-time world champion will be aided by teammate Valtteri Bottas, who qualified third.
In a further blow to Red Bull, Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez will start 11th after he was a shock casualty of Q2.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo also failed to make it through to the top 10 and will start 12th and 13th respectively.
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