Mark Hughes: Qatar GP became a reminder of F1 pre-Pirelli

Max Verstappen won the Qatar Grand Prix as expected. But not as comfortably as he usually does. The Red Bull’s easier way with the tyres on race day didn’t count for much here. It just wasn’t that sort of Formula 1 race.What the threat of tyre delamination – and the imposed limit on the number of permitted laps for each set – did was inadvertently create an old-fashioned, pre-Pirelli flat-out sprint race in between multiple pitstops.It was therefore unfortunate for the drivers that this sequence of events should have coincided with the sort of intensely hot and humid conditions that…

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