Welcome at RacingNews365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
Sign in
Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton admits Qatar GP win was 'pretty straightforward'

Lewis Hamilton says he had a "lonely" drive to his victory at the Qatar GP, as he beat title rival Max Verstappen at the Losail International Circuit.

Hamilton Qatar 2
To news overview © rn365/michaelpotts

Lewis Hamilton admits his drive to victory at the Qatar Grand Prix was "pretty straightforward", as he led every lap on his way to his seventh win of the season.

Hamilton's win never looked under threat, despite Red Bull's best efforts to force the seven-time World Champion into a two-stop race at the Losail International Circuit.

"It was pretty straightforward, it was pretty lonely at the front," said Hamilton.

"Of course, I enjoy those races where you're battling through, but we needed those points today. I think [it was] a real solid job from the team with pit-stops and the car.

"I can't wait to watch the replay of the race to see what happened behind me. I'm not really sure why people's tyres were going - I'm sure it's the kerbs.

"I'm really grateful for the points, it's been a hell of a year. To be at this point in the season and have back-to-back wins is a great, great feeling and puts us in good stead for the next two [events]."

Hamilton feeling relaxed

Hamilton's win has cut his deficit to Verstappen to eight points in the Drivers' Championship with two races to go.

Should both drivers finish in the top two in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Hamilton would have to win both races to win the title.

The Mercedes driver says he's feeling "relaxed" and "fitter than ever" and paid tribute to his trainer Angela Cullen.

"I'm feeling good," added Hamilton. "I'm really, really happy with the car and I feel fitter than I've ever felt, so that's a positive.

"Big thanks to Angela, she's helping me train and keeping me on my toes. [My] recovery has been great, so bring on the next two!"

Also interesting:

Video: The 10 most bizarre F1 cars of all time

RacingNews365.com looks back at some of the strangest and most unique Formula 1 car designs from over the decades.

F1 2021 Qatar Grand Prix RN365 News dossier


LATEST Has the next Lewis Hamilton already caught the eyes of F1?