No Slowing Lewis Hamilton at F1 Portuguese Grand Prix

The beat goes on for Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton, the seven-time Formula 1 champion, had no trouble on Sunday in Portugal, winning the F1 Portuguese Grand Prix in convincing fashion over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton started second behind pole sitter Bottas, briefly dropped to third following a rolling restart on Lap 7, and passed Verstappen for good on Lap 11. Hamilton passed Bottas going into Turn 1 on Lap 20 of the 66-lap race and was never headed.

Sergio Perez led for a stretch in the middle section of the race, but only because he was the last car to pit.

Hamilton’s final margin of victory was a convincing 29.1 seconds over Verstappen and 33.5 seconds over Bottas. Both Verstappen and Bottas hit the pits in the final two laps for fresh tires and for a shot at fastest lap of the race and the bonus point that goes with it. Verstappen actually turned the fastest lap of the 66th and final lap of the race, only to have the feat wiped out by stewards who ruled Verstappen went outside track limits in Turn 14 on his final lap. Bottas was awarded the fastest lap point to help Mercedes extend it’s lead in the F1 Constructors’ Championship to 18 points.


The win as the 97th for Hamilton in Formula 1 and marked the 150th time since the beginning of his run with Mercedes in 2013 that he’s finished in the points. Only nine times has he failed to crack the top-10 during his time with Mercedes.

The season points battle tipped even more in Hamilton’s favor with his 25 points scored on Sunday. He now has 69 points, while Verstappen is second with 61 and Lando Norris a distant third with 37. Bottas is fifth with 32 points.

Perez finished fourth in Portgual, and Norris rounded out the top five.

F1 Portuguese Grand Prix


1, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

2, Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +29.1 seconds

3, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, +33.5

4, Sergio Perez, Red Bull, +39.7

5, Lando Norris, McLaren, +51.3

6, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +55.7

7, Esteban Ocon, Alpine, +1:03.7

8, Fernando Alonso, Alpine, +1:04.8

9, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, +1:15.3

10, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, +1:16.4

11, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, +1:18.9

12, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo, 1 lap

13, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, 1 lap

14, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, 1 lap

15, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, 1 lap

16, George Russell, Williams, 1 lap

17, Mick Schumacher, Haas, 2 laps

18, Nicholas Latifi, Williams, 2 laps

19, Nikita Mazepin, Haas, 2 laps

20, Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, 65 laps

Lewis Hamilton cruises to the win in Portugal. It was his F1 record-extending 97th career Formula 1 victory.

Three races into the 23-race Formula 1 season, Lewis Hamilton (right) and Max Verstappen (left) are the class of the field.

Lewis Hamilton won for the second time in three races this F1 season.

Mercedes team members celebrate Lewis Hamilton’s latest triumph.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen thought he has scored the fastest lap of the race on Sunday only to lost the bonus point for the feat when stewards ruled that he went outside track limits on his fast lap.

Max Verstappen, left, and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner left Portugal second place in both the F1 Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship standings.

Kimi Raikkonen goes off on the second lap after clipping teammate Antonio Giovinazzi in Portugal. The damage ended Raikkonen’s day. He was the only retirement in the 20-car field.

Kimi Raikkonen exits his car after his Alfa Romeo came to rest in the gravel after being damaged on Lap 2.

Sergio Perez lost the lead on Lap 51 and dropped to fourth when he made his pit stop on Lap 52. He finished fourth, which was his best finish for Red Bull since joining the team this season.

Lando Norris finished fifth for McLaren. It was Norris’ third consecutive top-five finish to open the season.

The American Haas F1 Team all-rookie lineup of Nikita Mazepin, left, and Mick Schumacher, right, finished 19th and 17th, respectively, in Portugal.

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