F1 Portuguese GP: Lewis Hamilton reigns supreme once again, wins 97th career GP, Verstappen finish 2nd

F1 Portuguese GP: Lewis Hamilton reigns supreme once again, wins 97th career GP, Verstappen finish 2nd
F1 Portuguese GP: Lewis Hamilton reigns supreme once again, wins 97th career GP, Verstappen finish 2nd

F1 Portuguese GP – Lewis Hamilton Wins: The reigning Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton is going to take some beating in 2021 as well. Hamilton won his 97th career Grand Prix as he pushed Max Verstappen to 2nd place once again.

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Portuguese Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday to stretch his Formula One lead over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to eight points after three races.

Verstappen finished second at the Algarve circuit with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas completing the podium, and taking a bonus point for the fastest lap, after starting from pole position.

Verstappen’s Mexican team mate Sergio Perez was fourth. The victory was a record-extending 97th of Hamilton’s career, second of the year and repeated his win at the same circuit last season.

“That was such a tough race, physically and mentally, just keeping everything together. It was very windy out there so it was very easy to put a foot wrong,” said Hamilton, who started on the front row with Bottas.

“I just didn’t quite get as good a start as Valtteri and then lost out on the re-start, which was not good. I was not happy about that.”

The safety car was deployed on lap two after the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi made contact, with debris left on the track and the field streaming through the pitlane.

When racing resumed, Verstappen pounced to pass Hamilton for second place but the Briton seized back the position five laps later.

He then swept past Bottas on track on lap 20 of 66 and took the chequered flag 29.148 seconds clear of Verstappen after the Dutch driver pitted in a bid for fastest lap on fresh, soft tyres.

“I had to make the move early on before the tyres were destroyed and managed to just get him in Turn One,” said Hamilton of the key overtake before his pitstop. “Right on the limit, but great race.”

Perez and Bottas both pitted in the closing laps to try and bag the bonus point.

Verstappen thought he had it, but his lap time was deleted for going wide, with former racer Paul di Resta breaking the bad news in the post-race interviews. The only consolation was that it did not go to Hamilton.

McLaren’s Lando Norris was fifth with Charles Leclerc sixth for Ferrari, followed by Alpine pairing Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth for McLaren, after starting 16th, and Pierre Gasly took the final point for AlphaTauri.

F1 Portuguese GP – Lewis Hamilton Wins – Check Top 10

  1. Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Verstappen (Red Bull, +29.148)
  3. Bottas (Mercedes, +33.530 and fastest lap)
  4. Perez (Red Bull, +39.735)
  5. Norris (McLaren, +51.369)
  6. Leclerc (Ferrari, +55.781)
  7. Ocon (Alpine, +63.749)
  8. Alonso (Alpine, +64.808)
  9. Ricciardo (McLaren, +75.369)
  10. Gasly (Alpha Tauri, +76.463)

F1 Portuguese GP – Lewis Hamilton Wins: The key moment came with a brilliant overtake to get ahead of Valtteri Bottas. That’s two wins and a second place in the first three wins of the season.

Expectations are sky-high amongst F1 fans for the Portuguese Grand Prix as fans finally got to see a challenger to Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. Despite Max Verstappen starting in third for Red Bull Racing, he overtook Hamilton in the first corner for the lead and maintained it until the chequered flag to earn him his 11th career victory. As a result, Hamilton and Mercedes are expected to be in a real fight this season as Red Bull seem to have closed the deficit to Mercedes in terms of performance.

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Portuguese GP schedule

Friday, April 30

Practice 1: 16:00 PM IST to 17:00 PM IST (11:30 AM to 12:30 PM local time)
Practice 2: 19:30 PM IST to 20:30 PM IST (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM local time)

Saturday, May 1

Practice 3: 16:30 PM IST to 17:30 PM IST (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM local time)
Qualifying: 9:30PM IST to 10:30 PM IST(5:00 PM to 6:00 PM local time)

Sunday, May 2

Race: 7.30 PM IST to 9.30 PM IST (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM local time)

Where to watch the Portuguese Grand Prix live in India?

The Portuguese Grand Prix live telecast will be available on Star Sports Network and Live Streaming on Disney + Hotstar VIP app.

Practice 1: Star Sports Select 2 SD/HD.
Practice 2: Star Sports Select 2 SD/HD.
Practice 3: Star Sports 2 HD or Star Sports 3.
Qualifying: Star Sports 2 HD or Star Sports 3.
Race: Star Sports 2 HD or Star Sports 3.

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F1 Driver’s Championship standings update: Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen separated by a point

With Max Verstappen (43) winning the Emilia Grand Prix 2021, he has reduced Lewis Hamilton’s (44) lead in the Driver’s Championship to just one point. McLaren’s Lando Norris is in third place with 27 points followed by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with 20 points. However, surprisingly Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas is all the way down in fifth place with 16 points after he crashed out of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2021. The rest of the top 10 is completed by Carlos Sainz (14), Daniel Ricciardo (14), Sergio Perez (10), Pierre Gasly (6) and Lance Stroll (5).

2021 Constructor Standings