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F1 Portugal GP 2021: Hamilton wins Portuguese GP to extend lead atop the standings


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05/02/2021 –
17:42

Lewis Hamilton won his 97th Formula 1 race, finishing first in the Portuguese Grand Prix before the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

The Englishman started second behind Bottas and before Verstappen, but the Red Bull overtook him on restart after a first safety car. The leading trio spent several rounds grouped together, with a few DRS battles, before Hamilton finally took an elegant step Verstappen to return to second. Hamilton seemed to have more rhythm than Bottas and indeed passed his teammate on lap 20.

Bottas then lost another position after his pitstop lasted a second longer than Verstappen‘s and after the Finn had a wobble on his new tires after going out for his second stint, with the Dutchman capitalizing.

Sergio Perezof Red Bull led the race at one point, but that’s because he went longer without stinging, even confusing Hamilton who expected blue flags before being told he and the Mexican were technically vying for a job.

At the end of the race, Bottas and Verstappen had a private battle to try to take the fastest lap, pitting one last time to go on the fastest tires possible. Verstappen seemed to have won it, before seeing his fastest lap canceled going out of bounds.

That means Hamilton takes 25 points, Verstappen 18 and Bottas 16.