F1 Qatar Grand Prix LIVE: FP1 build-up, Verstappen leads Championship from Hamilton – latest updates

MAX VERSTAPPEN and Lewis Hamilton continue their epic title tussle in Qatar this weekend.

After the Mercedes star stormed back to win in style last week in Brazil, the season now heads to the desert and the Losail Circuit.

Get set for three days of high-octane racing, starting with FP1 and FP2 today.

  • UK start time: FP1 from 10.30am
  • TV/Live stream: Sky Sports F1/NOW TV

Follow all the latest with our live blog from Qatar below…

  • Jim Sheridan

    LIGHT'S OUT

    What a weekend it promises to be from the desert.

    Lewis Hamilton's epic win in Brazil – coupled with that 'rocket ship' engine in his Mercedes – have made this end of season tussle into a real scrap.

    The reigning Brit champion and Max Verstappen renew their rivalry today in Qatar, with every race now absolutely crucial in the Driver's Championship.

    There's just 14 points separating the two rivals ahead of Sunday's big showdown, with FP1 and FP2 today.

    Settle in for more drama in what is fast becoming one of the all-time great F1 contests.

    SunSport will be with you every step of the way, including text coverage of every practice session, qualifying and then the race itself on Sunday afternoon.

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