Lewis Hamilton Wins an Underwhelming Portuguese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious from the third race of the 2021 season, followed by his fellow World Championship protagonist Max Verstappen and his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

An early Safety Car came out after Kimi Raikkonen crashed into his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi and a poor restart on lap 7 saw the seven-time champion drop to third behind Verstappen. But Hamilton regained his composure and fought back quickly, passing Verstappen back for P2 four laps later before claiming the lead with a committed overtake on Bottas into Turn 1 on Lap 20.

The pit-stop window came about and it saw Max Verstappen overtake Valtteri Bottas due to the undercut, a slow stop for Bottas, and cold tyres for the Finn when he re-joined the track.

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 having now finished in the top five at every race this season so far. Norris in fifth led the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc in sixth, while the Alpine pairing of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso completed the team’s superb weekend with P7 and P8. After starting an “under-par” P16, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo fought back to P9 at the chequered flag, with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz – who’d started in P5 – finishing 10th.

From a fan’s perspective, this race was largely a procession and lacking entertainment – there was never real any fight for the lead or any skirmishes elsewhere on the track. As Formula 1 heads to Barcelona next week, fans alike will be praying for more action and a closer fight at the top.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:34:31.42125
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda+29.148s18
3Valtteri BottasMercedes+33.530s16
4Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda+39.735s12
5Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes+51.369s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari+55.781s8
7Esteban OconAlpine Renault+63.749s6
8Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault+64.808s4
9Daniel RicciardoMcLaren Mercedes+75.369s2
10Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri Honda+76.463s1
11Carlos SainzFerrari+78.955s0
12Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Romeo Racing +1 lap0
13Sebastian VettelAston Martin Mercedes+1 lap0
14Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes+1 lap0
15Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri Honda+1 lap0
16George RussellWilliams Mercedes+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari+2 laps0
18Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes+2 laps0
19Nikita MazepinHaas Ferrari+2 laps0
NCKimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Romeo RacingDNF0

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