F1 – Max Verstappen wins in Qatar ahead of McLarens as Mercedes pair collide

Max Verstappen took a controlled victory in a Qatar Grand Prix defined by mandated stint lengths and by a lap one collision between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and George Russell as McLaren scored a double podium finish with Oscar Piastri finishing ahead of Lando Norris. Ahead of the race, the FIA, in response to issues seen with Pirelli’s tyres earlier in the weekend, ruled that teams could complete no more than 18 laps on any set of tyres and across the 57 laps, that meant a minimum of three pit stops. When the lights went out at the start, Verstappen got away well…

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