Verstappen wins 3rd championship as Piastri wins Qatar Sprint

LUSAIL CITY, QATAR - OCTOBER 07: 2023 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates on his car in parc ferme after the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Lusail International Circuit on October 07, 2023 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202310070491 // Usage for editorial use only //

Oscar Piastri took his first win in Saturday’s Qatar Sprint race for McLaren while Max Verstappen finished second giving him his third World Championship in a row. The duo were followed by McLaren’s Lando Norris in third place.

The Sprint was addled by two Safety Car periods that sprinkled some spice onto the race while a few cars started on the Soft compound tires which gave them an early advantage only to be lost when their tires faded.

Max Verstappen has won his third world championship in a row and the Red Bull team have been fantastic all year. As any team who has won a title will tell you, it isn’t easy and doing it three times on the two is even less easy.

LUSAIL CITY, QATAR – OCTOBER 07: 2023 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates on his car in parc ferme after the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Lusail International Circuit on October 07, 2023 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202310070491 // Usage for editorial use only //

While many bemoan the domination, I find the performance fantastic just as Mercedes enjoyed 8 titles in a row with Lewis Hamilton securing seven of those. This kind of performance is amazing and should be respected for what it is.

I’ve enjoyed seeing Red Bull topple Mercedes in the past couple years and as a Ferrari fan, I would hope to see them topple Red Bull but if I’m honest, McLaren may look to challenge that given their pace late in 2023. Also, Red Bull I am sure have no designs or lifting their foot off the neck of the sport either.

A big congratulations to the entire Red Bull team for both constructors and driver’s championships! A big congratulations to Oscar Piastri for his maiden win in Formula 1.

Now, don’t take you’re eye off the ball, the big battles for 2nd through 10th in both contractor’s and driver’s championships is a very tight affair and should provide a lot of excitement for the balance of the season.

Qatar Sprint Results:

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS
181Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1935:01.2978
21Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT19+1.871s7
34Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES19+8.497s6
463George RussellMERCEDES19+11.036s5
544Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES19+17.314s4
655Carlos SainzFERRARI19+18.806s3
716Charles LeclercFERRARI19+19.860s2
823Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES19+19.864s1
914Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES19+21.180s0
1010Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT19+21.742s0
1177Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI19+22.208s0
1222Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT19+22.863s0
1318Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES19+24.523s0
1420Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI19+24.970s0
1524Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI19+26.868s0
NC27Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI11DNF0
NC31Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT10DNF0
NC11Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT10DNF0
NC2Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES2DNF0
NC40Liam LawsonALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT0DNF0
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