Red Bull’s Verstappen wins third F1 title in Qatar | spcilvly


Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won his third Formula One world championship while still racing after teammate and only title rival Sergio Perez crashed during a sprint at the Qatar Grand Prix on Saturday.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands walks near the starting grid before the start of the sprint race (AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands walks near the starting grid before the start of the sprint race (AP)

Mexico’s Perez needed a top-three finish to keep the title officially open for another day, with the main grand prix on Sunday, but started eighth and dropped to 11th before tangling with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon on lap 11.

The Red Bull then became stuck in the gravel and Perez climbed out. That meant Verstappen, who was in third place at the time, was champion for the third year in a row no matter where he finished.

The 26-year-old Dutch driver will start from pole position for Sunday’s race, chasing his 14th victory in 17 grands prix.


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