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F1 Qatar Grand Prix 2021: Date and UK start time, live stream, race schedule and how to watch as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continue rivalry in first of Middle East triple header

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The 2021 Formula 1 campaign continues this weekend in what will be the first ever Qatar Grand Prix.

The Brazil race saw more drama last time out as Lewis Hamilton won in Sao Paulo to close the driver’s standings to just 14 points.

Hamilton overcame a series of penalties to claim one of his greatest ever wins

Max Verstappen still remains the favourite as fans flock to the first of three races in the Middle East to finish the season.

Qatar will take a permanent place on the calendar from 2023 after signing a ten-year deal with F1 and here’s all you need to know about the race…

F1 Qatar Grand Prix 2021: Date and start time

Practice for the first ever Qatar Grand Prix will start on Friday, November 19.

Qualifying will then take place the following day, Saturday, November 20, and the race itself is then on Sunday, November 21.

The twilight race is being held at Doha’s Losail International Circuit and fills the vacant slot that was left by the Australian GP’s cancellation.

F1 Qatar Grand Prix 2021: Live stream and how to watch

Live coverage will be shown on Sky Sports F1 throughout the weekend with coverage from practice starting at 10am on Friday, November 19.

Qualification will then start at 1pm on Saturday, November 20 with build-up for the Grand Prix at 12:30pm on Sunday, November 21.

Lights out at 1:55pm while highlights are also available to watch on Channel 4 throughout the weekend.

Hamilton and Verstappen are keeping things cool despite the epic title bout

F1 Qatar Grand Prix 2021: Hamilton vs Verstappen

Hamilton reignited his dream for a record-breaking eighth world championship by securing a brilliant victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Brit started 10th after a series of penalties, but fought his way past rival Max Verstappen with just 12 laps left in Sao Paulo on Sunday.

Hamilton slashed Verstappen’s title lead from 21 to 14 points with three races left and 78 points still available.

talkSPORT.com has broken down all the details on how each title contender can win the F1 driver’s championship into the last three races.

Hamilton and Verstappen have gone wheel to wheel on many occasions

F1 Qatar Grand Prix 2021: What has been said?

Red Bull Racing chiefs are sounding increasingly worried about their title chances.

“There were not two rockets, but one,” Marko told AMuS. “Only the Hamilton [car] has such an unbelievable surplus on the straights.

“Despite the lead, I see us at a disadvantage if Hamilton maintains this engine advantage.”

“We haven’t seen an engine like that from Mercedes in recent years, as far as I can remember,” he said. “Unbelievable.

“And it’s only Hamilton’s power unit. All the others are within the normal range.”

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