Portuguese Grand Prix: Louis Hamilton Fastest in a Close Practice Two

Portuguese Grand Prix: Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton tops a practice session for the 1st time this season.

The stage was set for another close Max Verstappen-Red Bull action at Portimao; Ferrari and shock package Alpine also close behind.

Lewis Hamilton defeated Max Verstappen by a tenth of a second as F1 2021’s developing title rivals led the way in Practice Two on the opening day of the Portuguese GP weekend.

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Portuguese Grand Prix: After dramatic battles in each of the season’s opening two rounds, Hamilton and Verstappen are favorites to fight for victory at Portimao and it was Mercedes who claimed a narrow single-lap advantage over Red Bull on Friday.

Vettel is having a horrid session again like he did this morning,” said Sky F1’s Paul Di Resta during commentary. “He’s half a second down on Lance Stroll.

Hamilton, who will go in search of a 100th pole position in F1 on Saturday, set the pace on the soft tires with a time of 1:19.837.

Portuguese Grand Prix: Verstappen was 0.143s afloat, with morning pacesetter Valtteri Bottas two tenths further back in third in the second Mercedes.

The leaders of the chasing pack were close behind too – with Carlos Sainz fourth for Ferrari and, more surprisingly, the Alpine cars fifth and sixth quickest.

The ex-Renault team has slid down the midfield order after a tough finish to last season but Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon were both competitive relative to Ferrari on Friday.

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