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Formula 1 2021 Qatar Grand Prix Preview

We return to action after just a one-week gap for the F1 2021 Qatar GP being held at the impressive Losail International Circuit between 19-21 November for its maiden GP.

Last time out in Brazil, Lewis Hamilton won the Sao Paulo Grand Prix after a sensational battle with rival Max Verstappen in the Brits most impressive performance in recent memory. Verstappen finished P2 ahead of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

F1 2021 Qatar Grand Prix: Track Details

The Losail International Circuit, located on the outskirts of the capital city of Doha, was built in preparation for hosting Qatar’s first-ever MotoGP event in 2004.

2021 represents the first time Qatar has hosted the FIA Formula One World Championship, in what is a sign of things to come as they have signed an additional 10-year deal to host the event from 2023.

The Losail International Circuit was initially designed primarily with motorcycle racing in mind; the 5.4-kilometer Losail International Circuit is a fast and flowing track, where medium- and high-speed corners predominate. In addition, over one kilometer of the track’s total length consists of the main straight, which provides plenty of overtaking opportunities into Turn 1.

It is leading to a potential action-packed maiden Grand Prix in Qatar.

Number of Laps – 57

Circuit Length – 5.38km

Race Distance – 306.66 km

Lap Record – N/A

F1 2021 Qatar Grand Prix: Prediction

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 14: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 leads Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 14, 2021, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

The Qatar 2021 Grand Prix promises to add a tense finish to the season with its neck and neck at the top of the Championship, with potential punishment for the Red Bull of Max Verstappen before the weekend, which is under investigation for appearing to force Hamilton wide and off-track in Brazil. Therefore it is currently unknown as to where the Dutch will get the opportunity to start the race. However, if Brazil is anything to go by, the Mercedes team seems to have discovered a considerable amount of speed advantage over the rest of the field; therefore, the long straight will play directly into the teams’ hands.

No doubt Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton will again be at the forefront of this race, add to the mix Verstappen, with both Perez and Bottas looking to split the two and give a considerable advantage to their teammate during the race. P4 – P10 has been significantly more difficult to predict in recent races, with the McLaren of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo appearing to struggle to find the form they had seen earlier in the season.

The Ferrari of Leclerc and Sainz will be in the mix and battling with the Alpine of Alonso and Ocon, with the former World Championship in an excellent point-scoring run of form currently using every bit of his talent and experience to get every bit possible out of the car.

Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin joined by Stroll will be looking to push for points and attempt to push the Alpines and Alpha Tauri of Gasly and Tsunoda in the Constructors.

The Williams of George Russell will look to push for P10 and finish the season in style for Williams before his big move to Mercedes at the end of the season.

The Alfa Romeo of Kimi and Giovinazzi leaving the team at the end of the season will be looking to go out on a high and try and gain some valuable points for the couple who are currently 12 points behind Williams in 9th.

The Haas team of Mick Schumacher and Mazepin will be looking to make a couple of places on the grid, but the points finish of the season for the Haas team is highly unlikely outside of some drama in Qatar.

F1 2021 Qatar Grand Prix – Winner Prediction: Lewis Hamilton

So, there you have it, our prediction for the F1 2021 Qatar Grand Prix. Do you agree with our predictions for the Grand Prix? Leave your opinion down in the comments below!

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