Lewis Hamilton has hailed his Mercedes team after dominating a "lonely" inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.
The seven-time champion pulled away at a canter from Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso at the start of the race and held a near 10-second advantage over the pack by the time Max Verstappen had sliced his way from seventh to second.
The result ensured the Briton secured his second victory in a row to close to within eight points of Verstappen in the drivers' standings.
"It was pretty straightforward, it was pretty lonely up front," said Hamilton.
"Of course, I enjoy those races where you are battling through but we needed those points today so I think a real solid job from the team, just with pit stops and the car.
"I can't wait to watch the replay of the race to see what happened behind me, I am not really sure why people's tyres were going, I am sure it is the kerbs. But I am really grateful for these points, it has been a hell of a year.
"To be at this point of the year and to have back to back wins is a great feeling and puts us in good stead for the next two."
On his feeling ahead of the final two races of the season, he replied: "Feeling feels good. I am really really happy with the car.
"I feel fit, fitter than I have ever felt so that is a positive. A big, big thanks to Ang [Cullen] who has helped me train and recovery has been great. Bring on the next two."