Qatar Grand Prix Results

The Qatar GP will be remembered for many things, being boring isn’t one of them!

  • When Max Verstappen won his third world champion during the sprint race and formally became one if the “Greats”.
  • Rookie Oscar Piastri won his maiden F1 event by achieving 1st place in the Spint Race.
  • When Lewis Hamilton and George Russel crashed in the 1st lap causing Lewis to withdraw.
  • When Carlos Sainz withdrew before firing a shot in anger due to car trouble.
  • When Max romped home in the main race.
  • A race where the FIA mandated 3 tire changes and only 18 laps were permitted on each tire.


In a dramatic turn of events at the Qatar Grand Prix F1 sprint race, Max Verstappen secured his third Formula 1 world title, finishing second in a race marked by chaos and strategy. The 19-lap event was characterized by three safety car periods, with drivers on soft tires making significant early gains before facing challenges as their rubber grained.

Qatar Grand Prix F1 Sprint – The First Safety Car

The race began with McLaren’s Oscar Piastri holding the lead from pole. However, the early stages saw cars on soft tires, including George Russell, Carlos Sainz, and Charles Leclerc, making significant moves.

The first safety car was deployed following an incident involving Liam Lawson, who spun off the track.

Qatar Grand Prix F1 Sprint – The Second Safety Car

Upon the race’s restart, Russell took the lead from Piastri with a daring move. However, another safety car period soon followed due to an incident involving Logan Sargeant.

As the race progressed, Verstappen, showcasing his championship mettle, climbed back to third and then second, capitalizing on the challenges faced by soft tire runners.

Qatar Grand Prix F1 Sprint – The Third Safety Car

Qatar Grand Prix Results F1 Perez Spins Out

The third and final safety car intervention was a result of a three-way collision involving Esteban Ocon, Nico Hulkenberg, and Sergio Perez. This incident effectively sealed Verstappen’s title as Perez, his closest competitor, was eliminated.

Qatar Grand Prix F1 Sprint – Piastri Won!

In the final laps, Piastri showcased his talent by maintaining his lead over Verstappen, eventually winning the sprint race.

Qatar Grand Prix F1 Sprint – Verstappen is Now a Three Times World Champion

Verstappen’s second-place finish was more than enough to secure his third consecutive world championship, placing him among the F1 greats. Lando Norris of McLaren completed the podium, finishing third.

The race also saw notable performances from Lewis Hamilton, who managed to climb the ranks after starting from a lowly 12th position, and the Ferrari duo of Sainz and Leclerc, who faced challenges in the latter stages of the race.

Reflecting on his championship win, Verstappen expressed immense pride in his team and the journey they’ve undertaken this season. He emphasized the joy of being part of such a dedicated group and the incredible feeling of being a three-time world champion. Looking ahead, Verstappen remains committed to pushing the boundaries and maintaining the momentum in upcoming races.

The Qatar Grand Prix sprint race will be remembered not just for Verstappen’s championship win but also for the sheer unpredictability, strategy, and drama that unfolded on the track.

Qatar Grand Prix Results – The Final Sprint Race Results

1Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1935:01.38
2Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT19+1.871s7
3Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES19+8.497s6
4George RussellMERCEDES19+11.036s5
5Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES19+17.314s4
6Carlos SainzFERRARI19+18.806s3
7Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES19+19.864s2
8Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES19+21.180s1
9Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT19+21.742s0
10Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI19+22.208s0
11Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT19+22.863s0
12Charles LeclercFERRARI19+24.860s0
13Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI19+24.970s0
14Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI19+26.868s0
Note – Leclerc and Stroll received five-second time penalties for leaving the track without justifiable reason multiple times.
Source: F1.Com

Qatar Grand Prix F1 Main Race

Qatar Grand Prix Results f1

The starting grid is shown below

1stMax VerstappenRed Bull
2ndGeorge RussellMercedes
3rdLewis HamiltonMercedes
4thFernando AlonsoAston Martin
5thCharles LeclercFerrari
6thOscar PiastriMcLaren
7thPierre GaslyAlpine
8thEsteban OconAlpine
9thValtteri BottasAlfa Romeo
10thLando NorrisMcLaren
11thYuki TsunodaAlphaTauri
12thAlexander AlbonWilliams
13thNico HulkenbergHaas
14thLogan SargeantWilliams
15thLance StrollAston Martin
16thLiam LawsonAlphaTauri
17thKevin MagnussenHaas
18thZhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo
Pit laneSergio PerezRed Bull
DNSCarlos SainzFerrari

The 57-lap race started in dramatic fashion with Lewis Hamilton and George Russel coming together on the 1st lap causing Lewis to withdraw. This ruined the best opportunity the two have had to challenge Max in 2023.

“I just feel really sorry for the team. Had chance today to get some good points. Heat of the moment didn’t understand what happened, but I don’t think George had anywhere to go.
I’m happy to take responsibility for it.
“It’s massively gutting to have a result like this. It’s very rare that this happens, I hope George is able to get back into the points.”

Lewis Hamilton

This brought the safety car out and, although George was still able to race, he had to come from 14th position on the track.

On lap 13 Fernando Alonso was the first of the front three to pit, staying on mediums, and came back onto the track all the way down in 15th!

Oscar Piastri had a quicker pitstop and came back on track ahead of Alonso.

The Max pitted for new tires on lap 18 and came back out behind new race leader Alex Albon!

However, the Williams then pitted, and Max retook the lead. By this time Verstappen was approximately eight seconds ahead of Piastri – this rookie is incredible.

On lap 27 both Oscar Piastri and Fernando Alonso pitting for their mandated 2nd stop. Lando Norris moved up to 2nd place.

Lando Norris pitted on lap 29, and achieved the fastest pit stop of the season (1.8 sec) well done McLaren!

Fernando Alonso Hit the Gravel

On lap 34 Alonso went into the gravel and gets punished by Charles Leclerc overtaking him. He rejoined the track off the escape road, quite erratically!

That earned him a penalty. It also meant he ended up in seventh place.

Max pitted on lap 35 and came out 7 seconds ahead of 2nd place driver. Oscar Piastri.

On lap 37 Logan Seargeant complained of feeling ill. Team principal, James Vowles, suggested he pit and retire – Sargeant insists he’s staying out. Logan finally retired on lap 40.

The rest of the race was run fairly predictably with none of the drama of the earlier laps.

The Qatar Grand Prix Results are Listed Below

1Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT5727:39.2
2Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES57+4.833s
3Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES57+5.969s
4George RussellMERCEDES57+34.119s
5Charles LeclercFERRARI57+38.976s
6Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES57+49.032s
7Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT57+62.390s
8Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI57+66.563s
9Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI57+76.127s
10Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT57+80.181s
12Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT57+82.300s
13Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES57+91.014s
14Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI56+1 lap
15Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT56+1 lap
16Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI56+1 lap
17Liam LawsonALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT56+1 lap
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