Qatar Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Hamilton takes on Verstappen

Qatar Grand Prix qualifying LIVE: Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton continue their pulsating title scrap at the Losail Circuit as both drivers look to take a crucial pole after controversial Sao Paulo clash

  • Max Verstappen will attempt to take pole position for tomorrow’s Qatar GP 
  • Red Bull man Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton in the title fight by 14 points
  • Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas had topped the timesheets in practice 
  • Lewis Hamilton battled to an incredible victory last time out in Brazil
  • Latest Formula One news, including live action and results

The latest chapter in the enthralling title race between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton takes place today with both rivals looking to take pole at the Qatar GP.  

Verstappen holds a slender 14-point lead over Mercedes superstar Hamilton, and Red Bull will hope their own F1 sensation can keep the advantage this weekend. 

Yesterday, it was Valtteri Bottas who topped the timesheets in practice, and Verstappen went marginally quicker than Hamilton to hit back in their showdown.

Follow Sportsmail‘s DAN RIPLEY for live Formula One qualifying coverage of the Qatar Grand Prix, including build-up, updates and result.  

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The scuff marks that could turn the Formula One title race: Red Bull claim it’s a tell-tale sign of ILLEGAL trickery to give Lewis Hamilton extra pace in his battle with Max Verstappen but Mercedes deny any wrongdoing

Why are Mercedes all of a sudden so quick? Red Bull think it has something to do with their ring wing. They elected not to protest after Brazil, but that could change if they lose again in Qatar.

Red Bull may be leading the drivers’ championship through Max Verstappen by 14 points, but it does appear Mercedes have the faster car at the crucial time of the season.

They were quickest on Friday, as well as this morning with Valtteri Bottas heading his team-mate Lewis Hamilton – who you would think has some speed left in his pocket.

If events like Brazil didn’t turn this rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull up to 11 then I do not know what will.

One week on though we go again as I welcome you to our live coverage of qualifying for the Qatar Grand Prix.

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