Lewis Hamilton has been battling a stomach bug, but by taking pole for the Qatar Grand Prix, the world champion has shown that he is fully recovered. Furthermore, having beaten his title opponent, Max Verstappen, to second place, the world champion made no bones about his willingness to fight back if necessary in Sunday’s race.
After a superb performance under the floodlights of the Losail track, Hamilton earned pole for the first Qatar Grand Prix. Despite disclosing he had been suffering from a stomach pain earlier in the week, the Mercedes driver remained on top throughout, leaving Verstappen four tenths behind.
Verstappen, on the other hand, may face more issues in the future. He was hauled to the stewards several hours after qualifying for allegedly failing to decelerate under double waved yellow flags on his final run in Q3.
Because Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri had a puncture, he was forced to slow down on the start-finish straight as Verstappen finished his lap. Although the flags were briefly raised, Verstappen continued on and improved his time. If he is discovered to have broken the regulations, he will be penalized at the start of the race. On Sunday morning, the Dutchman will meet with the stewards.
source : Guardian sport