Max Verstappen was made to work for this one. Then again, that was the same for everyone in a sweltering night race at the Lusail circuit. A day after clinching his third world championship in the sprint race, Red Bull’s hero led almost the whole way from pole position in the Qatar Grand Prix but was forced to sweat a little harder by the impressive McLarens. Oscar Piastri led home team-mate Lando Norris for a podium double, a result aided by a first-corner collision between George Russell and Lewis Hamilton. Intense was the word.