Formula 1: 2021 Qatar qualifying – Full starting lineup, odds

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Formula 1 (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images)
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The starting lineup for the Qatar Grand Prix is set after a regular Formula 1 knockout qualifying session. Who are the favorites to secure the win?

After a Brazilian Grand Prix that saw the third ever Formula 1 sprint qualifying race set the starting lineup, a more traditional three-round knockout qualifying session set the startling lineup for this Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix.

This race is the 20th of 22 races on the 2021 schedule, and it is the third race of the current tripleheader. After this race, Formula 1 has one scheduled weekend off before races on consecutive weekends are scheduled to end the season in December.

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Where is the Qatar Grand Prix?

The Qatar Grand Prix is a 57-lap race around the 16-turn, 3.343-mile (5.381-kilometer) Losail International Circuit road course in Lusail, Al Daayen, Qatar.

This track has never previously hosted a Formula 1 race, and it is not on next year’s schedule. However, it is slated to return in 2023. It was called upon in 2021 as a replacement venue for the venues which could not host races due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qatar broadcast information

The Qatar Grand Prix is set to be broadcast live on ESPN from Losail International Circuit beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, November 21. So start your free trial of FuboTV now and don’t miss any of the action!

Who is on pole in Qatar?

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton took the pole position for Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix by recording the fastest lap time in the third and final round of qualifying.

Hamilton took the pole position for this race with a top lap time of 80.827 seconds (148.896 miles per hour). Set to start alongside him on the front row in second place is Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who leads Hamilton by 14 in the driver standings.

Verstappen missed out on the pole position by 0.455 seconds (0.834 miles per hour) by recording a top lap time of 81.282 seconds (148.062 miles per hour) in this round.

Here is the full starting lineup for the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix at Losail International Circuit.

Starting Lineup
1st – Lewis Hamilton
2nd – Max Verstappen
3rd – Valtteri Bottas
4th – Pierre Gasly
5th – Fernando Alonso
6th – Lando Norris
7th – Carlos Sainz Jr.
8th – Yuki Tsunoda
9th – Esteban Ocon
10th – Sebastian Vettel
11th – Sergio Perez
12th – Lance Stroll
13th – Charles Leclerc
14th – Daniel Ricciardo
15th – George Russell
16th – Kimi Raikkonen
17th – Nicholas Latifi
18th – Antonio Giovinazzi
19th – Mick Schumacher
20th – Nikita Mazepin

Qatar betting odds

Take a look at the betting odds for the top contenders in Sunday afternoon’s race, courtesy of WynnBET.

  • Lewis Hamilton: -230
  • Max Verstappen: +325
  • Valtteri Bottas: +650
  • Pierre Gasly: +3000
  • Sergio Perez: +5000
  • Fernando Alonso: +7500
  • Lando Norris: +7500
  • Carlos Sainz Jr.: +7500
  • Yuki Tsunoda: +10000

Qatar betting prediction

As long as he has a clean first few corners, you would think that it would be smooth sailing for Lewis Hamilton after a dominant pole position on Saturday following a weekend during which he made up a total of 24 positions to win the Brazilian Grand Prix after taking two penalties.

There is no way Mercedes will let Valtteri Bottas win this race unless he somehow finds himself leading ahead of Max Verstappen late, so the only other driver worth betting on is Verstappen.

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But even that seems a bit risky given the fact that this is as big of an underdog as he has been in quite some time, especially among his front row starts. Plus, teammate Sergio Perez failed to get out of the second round of qualifying and is set to start down in 11th place. With that being said, he is still, in fact, set to start on the front row.

All in all, crazier things have happened, and the unknowns that a new venue brings to the table heading into race day are just that: unknowns.

The odds for at least one safety car are listed at -180 (+125 for zero), so that right there could throw a wrench into things. Contact between the two title contenders is also an interesting possibility, given the fact that Verstappen is listed at +1100 to be the race’s first retirement while Hamilton is listed at +1500.

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