A superbly organized race from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton saw him take his second win of the 2021 season at the Portuguese Grand Prix, the British finished ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as Hamilton teammate Valtteri Bottas. Come home number three
When Hamilton started second on the grid, the first Safety Car after Kimi Raikkonen collided with his Alfa Romeo teammate Antonio Giovinazzi saw the seven-time champion drop to third behind Verstappen at the Lap 7 Safety Car. Start
But Hamilton made a superb return to the fight, sending Verstappen back four rounds of P2 later before claiming the lead with Bottas forward into turn 1 in the 20th round of 66 eventually. Went home with his 97th F1victory and extended his lead at the head. Of the championship of racers
Like Hamilton, Verstappen maintained his record of finishing all three in 2021 either at the P1 or P2 level, but, having been satisfied with the results of the latter, the Dutch could pull off the bot. Taas got in the latter part of the race after Finns. Suffered a sensor problem in his power unit. But couldn’t do much about Hamilton at the front.
Meanwhile, after late stops for both Bottas and Verstappen to try to claim the fastest round bonus points, Bottas was finally the man to finish the job after Verstappen removed the faster lap due to the track limit breach.
Sergio Perez hasn’t finished on the podium as a Red Bull driver. But at least it claims the best performance of the year against the P4 ahead of McLaren driver Lando Morris, who finished in the top five in all competitions this season.
Fifth Norris led Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari in sixth, while Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso’s alpine match finished finished the team’s fine weekend with P7 and P8. Especially Alonso, who had a great drive in the latter part of the race.
After a “horrible” start to the P16, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo returned to the P9 at the checkered flag, with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly taking 10th place after a late delay on Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.
On the front, the story of the interesting Red Bull vs Mercedes fight in 2021, there is another chapter added to Portimao – now the wind is in the Silver Arrows’ sails.
Much more to follow…
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