At the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix, Max Verstappen put on a great overall display to win with ease in a race that was overshadowed by early conflict between George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, teammates for Mercedes.

Russell and Hamilton, who started out on fresh comfy tyres, presented a formidable challenge for Verstappen, who was starting on medium tyres. Hamilton tried to overtake Verstappen and Russell as the lights went out as they were approaching Switch 1. Having said that, the trio collided as Russell was sandwiched between the two world champions as Hamilton rounded the corner. This led to a collision that knocked Hamilton into the gravel and forced him to withdraw from the race, hauntingly evoking Hamilton’s feud with then-teammate Nico Rosberg in 2016.

Hamilton acknowledged that it was an awful position and that George had nowhere else to go, but he accepted full responsibility for the occurrence. After the race, the stewards announced that they will investigate the event.

Oscar Piastri, the victor of the sprint race in Qatar, was able to move up to second position thanks to this dramatic crash. The rookie McLaren driver Piastri found himself in a tricky situation with his own squad since he was in second place but was under pressure from Lando Norris. Norris was told to “keep place” by McLaren, which he ultimately obeyed despite having second thoughts.

With 7 laps remaining, Russell was forced to give up second place to the McLarens due to the mandatory 18-lap stint limit imposed by tyre issues. He chose soft tyres for his final stint but was unable to overtake the McLarens, ultimately finishing in fourth.

Verstappen, however, had little to no competition as he dominated the race from the front. Despite a slower last pit stop, he still won with a 4.8-second advantage over Piastri. Russell lost out to Norris for third place, with Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso following closely behind. After momentarily stepping into the gravel at Turn 15, Alonso was subjected to a post-race examination for his re-entry onto the track.

Esteban Ocon scored points for Alpine in seventh place, and Valtteri Bottas finished eighth for Alfa Romeo, matching his best finish of all time. Despite having to fight through two 5-next-time penalties and starting from the pit lane, Sergio Perez initially came in ninth. On the other side, he was dropped to ninth after receiving a third penalty post-race. Zhou Guanyu was moved up to ninth, giving Alfa Romeo its first double-factor finish since the Canadian Grand Prix in the previous 12 months.

Due to time penalties for crossing track boundaries, Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly were unable to compete in the factors. With about 20 laps left in the race, Logan Sargeant made the decision to retire his Williams owing to emotional issues brought on by the intense heat and physicality of the event. His teammate Alex Albon finished in 13th place despite exceeding observe limitations as well.

Carlos Sainz was unable to begin the race due to a gas system issue that Ferrari discovered before race day, adding to the intrigue and unpredictability of the Qatar Grand Prix.