Sir Lewis Hamilton closed the gap in the Drivers’ Championship to Formula 1 title rival Max Verstappen to just four points after a supreme victory at the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver looked untouchable as he led the first Formula 1 race in the Gulf state from start to finish, with Red Bull unable to match the seven-time world champion’s pace.

There was debate ahead of the race as to whether teams would be able to run a one stop strategy, but multiple drivers including Valtteri Bottas, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi all suffered punctures as the Pirelli rubber struggled under loads in the final laps of the race as they tried the risky strategy.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso took the final podium place despite late worries over whether his tyres were last, with the Spaniard helped by a late virtual safety car to clear away the beached Williams of Latifi.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:24:28.471
2Max VerstappenRed Bull+25:743
3Fernando AlonsoAlpine+59:457
4Sergio PerezRed Bull+1:02:306
5Esteban OconAlpine+1:20.570
6Lance StrollAston Martin+1:21.274
7Carlos SainzFerrari+1:21.911
8Charles LeclercFerrari+1:23.126
9Lando NorrisMcLaren+1 Lap
10Sebastian VettelAston Martin+1 Lap
11Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+1 Lap
12Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+1 Lap
13Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+1 Lap
14Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo+1 Lap
15Antonio GiovinnaziAlfa Romeo+1 Lap
16Mick SchumacherHaas+1 Lap
17George Russell Williams+2 Laps
18Nikita MazepinHaas+2 Laps
19Nicholas LatifiWilliamsDNF
20Valtteri BottasMercedesDNF