A superlative drive from Lewis Hamilton saw the Mercedes driver lead the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix from start to finish, but how has that changed the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings?

Hamilton did initially have F1 title rival Max Verstappen alongside him on the front row of the grid, but a five-place penalty for the Red Bull driver saw him drop to seventh. Nevertheless, Verstappen quickly made his way through the field, finishing second, and also picking up fastest lap. 

As a result, Verstappen still leads the Drivers’ Championship, but Hamilton has reduced the deficit to eight points as we head into the final two races of the 2021 F1 season. 

F1 2021 Drivers’ Standings after Qatar GP

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull351.5
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes343.5
3Valtteri BottasMercedes203
4Sergio PerezRed Bull190
5Lando NorrisMcLaren153
6Charles LeclercFerrari152
7Carlos SainzFerrari145.5
8Daniel RicciardoMcLaren105
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri92
10Fernando AlonsoAlpine77
11Esteban OconAlpine60
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin43
13Lance StrollAston Martin34
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri20
15George RussellWilliams16
16Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo10
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams7
18Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1
19Mick SchumacherHaas0
20Robert KubicaAlfa Romeo0
21Nikita MazapinHaas0

Elsewhere in the Constructors Championship, Mercedes now hold a lead over Red Bull of just five points after Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire in Qatar. Ferrari extended their gap to McLaren to 39.5 points as they fight for third place. 

F1 2021 Constructors Standings after Qatar GP

Pos.TeamPoints
1Mercedes546.5
2Red Bull541.5
3Ferrari297.5
4McLaren258
5Alpine137
6AlphaTauri112
7Aston Martin77
8Williams23
9Alfa Romeo11
10Haas0
F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Qatar – November 21, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside second placed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and third placed Alpine’s Fernando Alonso REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

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