Lewis Hamilton, the Mercedes racer has once again reached the chequered flag first to capture the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix and marked his 97th career win at Algarve International Circuit in Portimão, Portugal.
Lewis Hamilton wins the Portuguese Grand Prix
The Brit came out on top in the race while Red Bull racer Max Verstappen, who earned a bonus point for the fastest lap finished just behind Hamilton. Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished in the third position. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and McLaren’s Lando Norris finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Check out the full rankings below:
- Lewis Hamilton
- Max Verstappen
- Valtteri Bottas
- Sergio Perez
- Lando Norris
- Charles Leclerc
- Esteban Ocon
- Fernando Alonso
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Pierre Gasly
Bottas got the lead from the pole position and went ahead of teammate Hamilton and Red Bull’s Verstappen.
During the race Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen had hit his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi. When a safety car was covering the track in debris from his front wing, Verstappen had gone ahead of Hanilton to grab second place at the restart.
But the Brit racer repassed him, after Verstappen made an error, and Lewis then grabbed the lead from Bottas with a spectacular move just before one-third distance.
Verstappen went on to passed Bottas for second position after their pitstops. When Valtteri slid wide on his new hard tyres, Hamilton grabbed the opportunity and was well clear out front. He then raced away for the victory.
Following the victory, the winner was delighted. However, he revealed that he felt the race was tough. He also spoke about the weather at the circuit. Though he won the race, it was not a perfect day for him.
He said: “That was such a tough race, physically and mentally. It was very windy out there. I was not happy about losing out on the restart. With Valtteri, I managed to get him a turn one. The next few days is about recovering, and getting back as quickly as possible. Today wasn’t all perfect.“
Lewis Hamilton won last year’s Portuguese GP as well to tally his 92nd F1 victory and surpassed the legendary Michael Schumacher’s long-standing record of most grand prix wins by a single driver.
F1 originally did not planned to return to Portugal this year but the race was a late addition to the schedule as the third round of the season after the planned season-opener in Australia and the Chinese Grand Prix were both postponed.
The next race is Spanish Grand Prix which will take place on May 9 at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.