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Lewis Hamilton claims 97th career win at Portuguese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton delivered a clinical drive in his Mercedes to win the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday from title rival Max Verstappen.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton’s 97th Grand Prix triumph extended his early season lead over Red Bull’s Verstappen in the Formula One drivers’ standings.

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In third place in Portimao was pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes with Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull in fourth.

With Hamilton starting second on the grid, an early Safety Car after Kimi Raikkonen had crashed into his Alfa Romeo team mate Antonio Giovinazzi saw the seven-time champion drop to third behind Verstappen at the Lap 7 Safety Car restart.

  Lewis Hamilton claims 97th career win at Portuguese Grand Prix

But Hamilton then fought back brilliantly, passing Verstappen back for P2 four laps later before claiming the lead with an incisive pass on Bottas into Turn 1 on Lap 20 of 66 – eventually coming home for his 97th F1 victory, and extending his lead at the head of the drivers’ championship.

Like Hamilton, Verstappen maintained his record of finishing all three races of 2021 so far in either P1 or P2 – but had to be satisfied with the latter result, the Dutchman able to pull away from Bottas in the latter stages of the race after the Finn suffered a sensor issue on his power unit, but having been unable to do much about Hamilton at the front.

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Portuguese Grand Prix results

1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 66 1:34:31.421
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 66 +29.148s
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 66 +33.530s
4 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 66 +39.735s
5 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 66 +51.369s
6 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 66 +55.781s
7 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 66 +63.749s
8 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 66 +64.808s
9 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 66 +75.369s
10 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 66 +76.463s
11 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 66 +78.955s
12 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 65 +1 lap
13 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 65 +1 lap
14 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 65 +1 lap
15 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 65 +1 lap
16 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 65 +1 lap
17 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 64 +2 laps
18 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 64 +2 laps
19 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 64 +2 laps

* Provisional results

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