Qatar Grand Prix LIVE: Updates and result as Hamilton takes on Verstappen

Qatar Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton leads at Losail after perfect start but title rival Max Verstappen is chasing him down… while Valtteri Bottas drops back to 13th on nightmare afternoon after suffering a puncture

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen’s exciting F1 title battle resumes in Qatar on Sunday with the Mercedes man on the front of the grid.

Hamilton had qualified ahead of his Red Bull rival at Losail on Saturday, with Valtteri Bottas in third – meaning both Mercs are on the favoured side of the grid. 

But Verstappen – who had qualified second, alongside the Brit on the front row – was given a five-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags and dropped to seventh, with Bottas also penalised in another dramatic twist.

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