Luis Hamilton took the victory in Portugal, and before the victory he had to overtake and win the duel between Botas and Verstappen, which he did. Max ended up through the finish line second, while Botas was third.
The start of the race went well for the Mercedes drivers, Botas kept the position, as did Hamilton, and Max failed to put pressure on the Mercedes drivers at the very start and in the opening lap. However, at the start of the second round, there is contact between Raikkonen and Giovanni in Alfa, which causes the engagement of a safety car. At the opening of the second lap, Đovinaci made a move to deviate from the race path, so that Kimi could eventually overtake him, however, Raikkonen expected that his teammate would move more and there was contact and damage to the front wing near Raikkonen. Kimi took the blame and admitted that he looked at “some settings” on the steering wheel and did not see that Đovinaci did not move anymore. Basically, the epilogue is Kimi in the gravel next to the track with the exit of a safety car that stayed on the track for a couple of laps. Botas dictated the pace during the restart and almost to the start line did not give the gas to start the racing pace. As a result, Hamilton and Max happened and Max used the opportunity in the first corner and from the outside he went around Hamilton for the second place.
Max held the connection with Botas, but he failed to approach him enough to try to overtake despite the fact that he was in the DRS. It lasted a couple of laps, until the 10th lap of the race when Max made a mistake and slipped very slightly with the back end on the way out, which gives Hamilton enough chance to try to get around. Verstappen’s slip affected the exit speed in the direction and so Max became an easy target for Hamilot and lost second place. Max tried a counter-attack in corner three, but Hamilton left him just enough space that he could not get out of the corner at full throttle, and so Max remained in third place, while Hamilton gave in to the chase after Botas. A couple of laps it took Hamilton to get close to Botas enough to attack and in the 19th lap he bypasses his club mate at the end of the course. Hamilton escapes enough to leave Botas without DRS, and Max maintains a connection with Botas sufficient for DRS activation, but the attack did not occur. When Max started to give way, Botas’ advantage grew to more than 1s and the team called Max to change the tires. Mercedes mechanics do the same with Botas a lap later, but they do a slower job than Red Bull mechanics for the whole 1s. Botas joins the race in front of Max, who is in a rush, and after Botas loses traction on the way out of turn 3, Max goes around him on the brakes for turn 4 and thus comes to the second place.
The fourth place went to Perez, who did a good job for the team, while the fifth was the excellent Norris, who thus retains the third place in the general classification. The sixth was Leclerc, who stated that it was an OK result, but that Ferrari must not be satisfied with that position. Sajnc had a different strategy from all the leaders when it comes to tires and it didn’t turn out very well in the end. Solid positions and a better placement than Leclerc gave hope at some moments, but a couple of laps towards the end, those tires started to give way and Sainz slipped to 11th place and was left without a point in Portugal. Okon and Alonso drove a great race for Alpna and won important points for the team with seventh and eighth place. Ricardo recovered after the disastrous qualifications and won the ninth place, and the last point in Portugal went to Gasli in Alfa Turia. Aston Martin performed well at times, but that seemed to be only up to the condition of the tires in those moments, and in the end they lost even to Giovanni who finished the race in 12th place ahead of both Aston Martin drivers. Cunoda had an inconspicuous race that he finished in 15th place, and Russell did not manage to transfer the good pace from the qualifications to the race, so he had to settle for 16th place. In the duel at the back, Schumacher stood out as the “winner”, who in the end managed to overtake Latifi, so he finished the race as the 17th. The last place is somehow reserved for Mazepin in Has.
The next race will take place next week in Spain.
Race results for the GP of Portugal:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||66||29.148|
|4||Sergio Perez||Red Bull||66||39.735|
|11||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||66||1’18.955|
|12||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||65|
|13||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||65|
|14||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||65|
|Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1|
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