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Introduction

A brilliantly managed race from Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton saw him take his second win of the 2021 season at the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Briton finishing ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, as Hamilton’s pole-sitting teammate Valtteri Bottas came home third.

With Hamilton starting second on the grid, an early Safety Car after Kimi Raikkonen had crashed into his Alfa Romeo teammate 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 have been unable to do much about Hamilton at the front.

Meanwhile, after late stops for both Bottas and Verstappen to try and claim the fastest lap bonus point, it was ultimately Bottas who got the job done after Verstappen had a faster lap deleted for a track limits infringement.

Sergio Perez still has yet to finish on the podium as a Red Bull driver, but at least claimed his best result of the year with P4, ahead of Lando Norris, the McLaren driver has now finished in the top five at every race this season so far.

Norris in the fifth led the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in the sixth, while the Alpine pairing of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso completed the team’s fine weekend with P7 and P8 – Alonso, in particular, having driven brilliantly in the race’s latter stages.

After starting a “grim” P16, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo fought back to P9 at the chequered flag, with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly taking 10th after a late pass on Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

At the front though, the story of 2021’s fascinating Red Bull vs Mercedes battle had another chapter added to it at Portimao – with the wind now in the sails of the Silver Arrows.

2021 Formula 1 Portuguese GP Race Results

Pos
No    
Driver
Team
Time 
Points

1.
44
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes-AMG Petronas
1:34:31.421
25

2.
33
Max Verstappen
Red Bull Racing Honda
+29.148s
18

3.
77
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes-AMG Petronas
+33.530s
16

4.
11
Sergio Perez
Red Bull Racing Honda
+39.735s
12

5.
4
Lando Norris
McLaren Racing
+51.369s
10

6.
16
Charles Leclerc
Scuderia Ferrari
+55.781s
8

7.
31
Esteban Ocon
Alpine F1 Team
+63.749s
6

8.
14
Fernando Alonso
Alpine F1 Team
+64.808s
4

9.
3
Daniel Ricciardo
McLaren Racing
+75.369s
2

10.
10
Pierre Gasly
Scuderia AlphaTauri
+76.463s
1

11.
55
Carlos Sainz
Scuderia Ferrari
+78.955s
0

12.
99
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Orlen
+1 lap
0

13.
5
Sebastian Vettel
Aston Martin F1 Team
+ 1 lap
0

14.
18
Lance Stroll
Astin Martin F1 Team
+1 lap
0

15.
22
Yuki Tsunoda
Scuderia AlphaTauri
+ 1 lap
0

16.
63
George Russell
Williams Racing
+1 lap
0

17.
47
Mick Schumacher
Uralkali Haas F1 Team
+2 laps
0

18.
6
Nicholas Latifi
Williams Racing
+ 2 laps
0

19.
9
Nikita Mazepin
Uralkali Haas F1 Team
+ 2 laps
0

20.
7
Kimi Räikkönen
Alfa Romeo Orlen
DNF
0

Mario Islola, Head of Formula 1 at Pirelli commented:
The warmer weather led to increased wear on the softer compounds compared to previous days, which meant that drivers had to manage their tyres more. This additionally shifted the emphasis towards the hard compound, also because of track evolution providing a bit more grip than before.

All three tyres stood out for different reasons. The hard tyre was key here this afternoon in these conditions, which is why it was used by most drivers for the final stint, including Lewis Hamilton, who drove a perfect race. The soft, although used least in the race – and mainly for short opening stints as expected – was also run for nearly 40 laps by Lance Stroll, while Sergio Perez completed a mammoth stint on the mediums for the bulk of the race as part of an unusual yet effective strategy.

Here are the team-by-team highlights:
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