The Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), very prominent leader of the Formula One World Cup, arrives this weekend Qatar with the intention of mathematically resolving the achievement of their third title in a row. Something that could happen this Saturday, since it would be enough to add three points – that is: finish sixth- in the sprint test.
In the fourth of the six weekends with a sprint format, Verstappen, who turned 26 last Saturday and who has just achieved two weekends ago, in Suzuka – where he won the Japanese Grand Prix – his thirteenth victory of the season, He could celebrate his third crown without waiting for Sunday. He is 177 points ahead of the second overall, his teammate, the Mexican Sergio Pérez (400 compared to 223); and he could be champion on Saturday, even without scoring in the reduced race. That, as long as ‘Checo’ didn’t finish in the top three.
(Check the general classification of the F1 World Championship)
Red Bull reconfirmed its status as the great dominator by leaving Revalidation of the Constructors’ World Championship in Suzuka is mathematically resolved, everything indicates that the Dutch super-predator will celebrate his third title in a row this Saturday night. If that were not the case, it would be enough for him to be eighth on Sunday even if his colleague from Guadalajara wins the Sunday race by adding the additional point for the fastest lap. Even ninth, if he makes the fastest turn. Summarizing: only a real misfortune will prevent the fans of the Netherlands from celebrating again to his great sporting idol this weekend.
Is there (automobile) life after Verstappen? The answer is affirmative.
(F1 season schedule)
The seven-time English world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Spanish Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) – aged 38 and 42, the oldest on the grid – will resume their fight for third place in the championship. In Lusail. A 5,419 meter circuit, with 16 curves – six to the left -, most of them at high and medium speed; and with a main straight of more than a kilometer in length.
Hamilton has 190 points, 16 more than the Asturian genius and forty ahead of the other Spaniard, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), which in the middle of last month, in Singapore, signed the only victory of the season that Red Bull did not score. The second in his personal locker, after the one he celebrated last year in Silverstone (Great Britain).
F1 Qatar Grand Prix schedule:
Friday, October 6:
Free training 1: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Classification: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7:
Sprint Qualifying: 3:00 p.m.
Sprint: 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 8:
Race: 7:00 p.m. (57 laps).