F1 Qatar Grand Prix LIVE RESULTS: FP3 underway, Hamilton and Verstappen set for qualifying – stream, latest updates

LEWIS HAMILTON and Max Verstappen renew their rivalry this weekend in the Qatar Grand Prix.

After the Mercedes star stormed back to win in style last week in Brazil, the season now heads to the desert and the Losail Circuit.

Today it is the all important qualifying, with both drivers eyeing up pole position for tomorrow's race.

  • UK start time: FP3 underway, qualifying 2pm
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports F1/NOW TV

Follow all the latest with our live blog from Qatar below…

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  • Ben Hunt

    HAMILTON IS OUT ON TRACK

    The Mercedes man goes straight into P1 – only to be leapfrogged by Fernando Alonso.

  • Ben Hunt

    MAZEPIN IS STILL IN THE GARAGE

    He needs to get some laps in for this session, or it could be another miserable day for the Russian.

  • Ben Hunt

    BRIEF RED FLAG

    A problem for Mazepin, who missed Q2 due to a chassis change. His Haas mechanics have wheeled him back into the garage.

  • Ben Hunt

    GREEN LIGHT IN QATAR – FP3 IS UNDER WAY

    Final practice is go in Doha ahead of qualifying.

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE INFO

    Here are all the starting times you need to know ahead of tomorrow's Qatar GP race.

    Today's third practice run begins at 11am GMT whereas qualifying kicks off at 2pm in the UK.

    Sunday's race takes place at 2pm GMT and will include some of the best drivers in the world

  • Kostas Lianos

    QATAR GP INFO

    The Qatar Grand Prix will be broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 in the UK, Sky Sports F1 will be showing the full F1 schedule.

    Coverage on race day is expected to start at 12:30pm and you can live stream the action from the NOW TV or Sky Go apps, both of which are available to download onto your mobile or tablet device.

    Lights out for the race is on Sunday at 2pm GMT

  • Etienne Fermie

    QATAR GP PRACTICE LATEST

    Lewis Hamilton admitted he struggled in practice for the first ever Qatar GP – as Red Bull threatened to protest the legality of his Mercedes car.

    Red Bull chief Christian Horner claims its rear wing breaks FIA rules by flexing too much at speed – giving Hamilton a huge amount of extra pace.

    Horner said: “The straight line performance in the last two Grands Prix has gone exponential and that concerns us.

    “Make no bones about it, if we see it on the car here it will be protested. If we believe the Mercedes car is not in compliance, we will protest.”

    Hamilton's bid to win a record eighth F1 title has reached a critical stage as he lies 14 points behind Championship leader Max Verstappen with just three races left.

    The Brit's team-mate Valtteri Bottas was quickest in practice, with Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly second.

    Verstappen came next, 0.350secs slower than Bottas and a mere 0.072secs quicker than fierce rival Hamilton.

    Mercedes star Hamilton said: "I'm definitely not close. I'm a little bit slow, so we need to figure that out tonight."

    Verstappen was more guarded, saying: "Still a lot of things to look at because everything is still so new."

    McLaren's Lando Norris and Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll were fifth and sixth respectively.

    Next came Alpha Tauri's Yuki Tsunoda and Red Bull ace Sergio Perez.

    Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Carlos Sainz also made the top 10.  

    Earlier Mercedes had a request for a right of review of the lap-48 saga in last Sunday's Sao Paulo thriller rejected.

    In that latest controversial exchange between the duo, Verstappen forced race winner Hamilton off track.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LEW WINGS IT INTO CHEAT STORM

    Lewis Hamilton is at the centre of an F1 cheat storm.

    Bitter title rivals Red Bull are threatening to protest the legality of his Mercedes car.

    Red Bull chief Christian Horner claims its rear wing breaks FIA rules by flexing too much at speed – giving Hamilton a huge amount of extra pace.

    And ahead of this weekend’s crucial Qatar Grand Prix, Horner declared: “The straight line performance in the last two Grands Prix has gone exponential and that concerns us.

    “Make no bones about it, if we see it on the car here it will be protested. If we believe the Mercedes car is not in compliance, we will protest.”

    Hamilton fought back from grid penalties totalling 25 places to win the last GP in Brazil – cutting the gap to Red Bull’s championship leader Max Verstappen to 14 points.

    Mercedes insist their car is legal and team boss Toto Wolff declared: “Nobody would show up with an illegal engine or rear wing.

    "The world is too transparent for that.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ONE STAPP AT A TIME

    Championship leader Max Verstappen is remaining patient after guiding his Red Bull to third-fastest in practice.

    He said: "Still a lot of things to look at because everything is still so new."

  • Ian Tuckey

    HAMILTON: I'M NOT CLOSE

    Lewis Hamilton admitted work needs to be done to speed him over night.

    The Brit said: "I'm definitely not close. I'm a little bit slow, so we need to figure that out tonight."

  • Ian Tuckey

    PRACTICE RECAP

    Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped the pace, 0.209 seconds ahead of Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly.

    Red Bull’s Championship leader Max Verstappen pipped Bottas’ team-mate Lewis Hamilton for third by a tiny 0.072secs.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HORNER IGNITES ROW WITH WOLFF

    Panto season came early in Doha after Red Bull boss Christian Horner and Merc boss Toto Wolff bickered like a pair of ugly sisters.

    It came after a FIVE DAY rendition of 'oh yes he did..' ended with the FIA deciding that 'oh, not he didn't' with regards to Max Verstappen illegally forcing Lewis Hamilton off track in Brazil.

    Mercedes' request for a right to review was turned down by the stewards as the Qatar GP turned into a right old carry on.

    And it sparked a bitter fall out between Horner and Wolff on stage, with the Red Bull chief taunting his rival.

    When quizzed about their relationship, Horner said: "There is no relationship.

    "This is the first time they have been challenged and it is interesting to see how people react when they are challenged.

    "Relationships and respect are different things, there is respect for everything Mercedes have done, everything Lewis Hamilton has done.

    "I don't need to go to dinner with Toto, I don't need to kiss his a***. It is a competition, it is great that we are in this position and fighting.

    "Toto and I are very different characters and operate in different ways.

    "Am going to be spending Christmas with Toto? Probably not…Unless you're in panto this year, I might take the kids!

    "From my perspective it is F1, you don't have to be best mates with your opponents. How can you be?

    "It would be dishonest in many respects to fake a facade when you're competing against your rivals."

  • Ian Tuckey

    LEWIS RACING WITH PRIDE

    Lewis Hamilton will wear the Pride flag at the Qatar GP because he believes sport is 'duty bound to raise awareness' in countries criticised over human rights.

    Britain's world champ is to parade the message 'We Stand Together' on his crash helmet rather than the usual "Still I Rise"

    Qatar is hosting its first Grand Prix on Sunday as part of a 10-year deal with F1.

    And the Guardian report Hamilton as saying: "We’re aware there are issues in these places that we’re going to.

    “But of course [Qatar] seems to be deemed as one of the worst in this part of the world.

    "As sports go to these places, they are duty-bound to raise awareness for these issues. These places need scrutiny. Equal rights is a serious issue.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HOW FUN

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen says he enjoyed today's second practice race ahead of the Qatar GP.

    It was important for the Dutchman to get a feel of the track for the first time but other than that he found it quite fun.

    He said: "It was the first time [we ran] in the evening, so it was important to understand how the car would react.

    "Quite a bit of the change between the medium and the soft tyre I think for me, that’s why on the soft tyre it wasn’t let’s say amazing, but again you know it’s our first time here, so a lot of things to understand.

    "You need to learn the track a bit, but it’s been a lot of fun to drive to be honest. I think it’s a really cool track.

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT BOTHERED

    Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he isn't thinking about the F1's decision not to punish Max Verstappen.

    Mercedes' request to review the decision not to penalise Verstappen was rejected but Hamilton claims it doesn't bother him because he wasn't part of the proceedings.

    Instead, the Brit revealed he's been focusing on closing the gap on Verstappen this weekend in the Qatar GP.

    Hamilton said: "I don't have any thoughts on it because I wasn't a part of it and I have been focusing on trying to do my weekend."

  • Justin Lawrence

    BELOW STANDARD

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has launched a scathing attack on Max Verstappen for forcing Lewis Hamilton off the at Interlagos last weekend.

    The FIA decided not to penalise Verstappen for the alleged offence, but Wolff thinks Verstappen's behaviour was below the standard of a F1 driver.

    He raged: “I think what you see on the video is clear to everybody who has ever raced a car.

    “Obviously, it is far away from any of the levels that any driver in Formula 1 can do. That corner was not meant to be a corner where he stayed on track, and he didn’t mean to stay on track.

    “That is my personal interpretation, but I shouldn’t be judging anyone’s driving because if I could, I should be driving and not sitting in a chair making comments.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    ALL OVER

    That's it for today, Bottas finishes top while Gasly comes in at second.

    While Verstappen and Hamilton end the second practice in third and fourth respectively.

  • Justin Lawrence

    STANDINGS

    Here's how things stand with only 10 minutes to go.

    1. Bottas 1:23.148
    2. Gasly +0.209
    3. Verstappen +0.350
    4. Hamilton +0.422
    5. Norris
    6. Stroll
    7. Tsunoda
    8. Perez
    9. Vettel
    10. Sainz
  • Justin Lawrence

    MAX OVERLAP

    Max Verstappen has flown past Hamilton.

    But he's still only third, behind Pierre Gasly and more than three tenths behind Bottas out in front.

  • Justin Lawrence

    GASLY SPEEDS

    Pierre Gasly has overtaken Lewis Hamilton to clinch second on the timesheet for AlphaTauri with a speed of 0.209s.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SLOW MAX

    Red Bull's Max Verstappen finishes lap 0.4 seconds down on Valtteri Bottas.

    That 1:23.579, which leaves him fourth, isn't much quicker than what he managed on the medium tyres.

  • Justin Lawrence

    PEREZ TROUBLE

    Sergio Perez was going for a hot lap, but encountered traffic around the Turns 4-5 double right complex.

    Slow-mo shots of Perez on the pit straight show the top edge of his rear wing flapping to an alarming degree.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAX SPEED

    Valtteri Bottas only went a half-second faster than Max Verstappen on the soft tyre.

  • Justin Lawrence

    BOT SPOT

    Valtteri Bottas is the first on-track and lowers his existing benchmark at the top of the timesheet.

    Lewis Hamilton only makes a small improvement himself and stays second.

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOP OFF

    Ferrari had the engine cover off Charles Leclerc's car. They seem to have fixed the problem and he looks set to resume.

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