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.
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.
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.
Portuguese Grand Prix results
|2||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||66||+29.148s|
|4||11||Sergio Perez||RED BULL RACING HONDA||66||+39.735s|
|5||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN MERCEDES||66||+51.369s|
|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|
|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|
|NC||7||Kimi Räikkönen||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||1||DNF|
* Provisional results