Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen in Portugal

Lewis Hamilton passed title rivals Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas to win the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao for Mercedes on Sunday, the third race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen in Portugal

Bottas led from pole position, ahead of teammate Hamilton and Red Bull’s Verstappen. After a safety car was required, as Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen hit his teammate Antonio Giovinazzi, covering the track in debris from his front wing, Verstappen jumped ahead of Hamilton to grab second place at the restart.

But Hamilton quickly 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 passed Bottas for second after their pitstops, when Valtteri slid wide on his new hard tyres, but had nothing for Hamilton, who was well clear out front and cruised to victory.

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2021 Portuguese Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap Pits Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
66 1:34'31.421 3 25
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen
66 1:35'00.569 29.148 4 18
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas
66 1:35'04.951 33.530 4 16
4 Mexico Sergio Perez
66 1:35'11.156 39.735 3 12
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris
66 1:35'22.790 51.369 3 10
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc
66 1:35'27.202 55.781 3 8
7 France Esteban Ocon
66 1:35'35.170 1'03.749 3 6
8 Spain Fernando Alonso
66 1:35'36.229 1'04.808 3 4
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
66 1:35'46.790 1'15.369 3 2
10 France Pierre Gasly
66 1:35'47.884 1'16.463 3 1
11 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
66 1:35'50.376 1'18.955 3
12 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
65 1:34'34.363 1 Lap 3
13 Germany Sebastian Vettel
65 1:34'39.629 1 Lap 3
14 Canada Lance Stroll
65 1:34'40.335 1 Lap 3
15 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
65 1:34'56.537 1 Lap 3
16 United Kingdom George Russell
65 1:35'39.364 1 Lap 3
17 Germany Mick Schumacher
64 1:34'38.851 2 Laps 3
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi
64 1:34'41.920 2 Laps 3
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
64 1:35'46.354 2 Laps 4
Finland Kimi Raikkonen
1 1'33.673 65 Laps

What happened in the Portuguese Grand Prix?

From pole position, Bottas led Hamilton and Verstappen, with Ferrari’s Caros Sainz jumping past the Red Bull of Sergio Perez for fourth. Behind them, Lando Norris (McLaren) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) fought out a huge battle for sixth, swapping the position repeatedly around the first lap, with Norris finally making it stick.

Raikkonen lost his front wing at the start of lap two, driving straight into the rear-left wheel of his teammate Giovinazzi, covering the track in debris. That required a safety car intervention to clear it up.

At the restart, Bottas backed the pack up which allowed Verstappen to get a run on Hamilton and grab second at Turn 1. Sainz fell back to sixth, as Norris passed Perez at Turn 5 – leaping up to fourth.

The top three pulled well clear, with Verstappen closing in on leader Bottas as DRS was activated on Lap 10. But a mistake from Verstappen on Turn 14 allowed Hamilton to get a run on him into Turn 1 on the following lap, and Hamilton repassed him, then shoving Max wide at Turn 3 as Verstappen tried to respond.

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Verstappen fell away by 2 seconds before regrouping and catching up again. Perez repassed Norris for fourth on Lap 15, as Hamilton hounded Bottas for the lead.

After stalking him for five laps, Hamilton got a DRS-assisted run and made a bold around-the-outside pass on Bottas at Turn 1 on Lap 20 to take the lead. Hamilton then extended a 3.5-second lead by half distance, as Verstappen got stuck behind Bottas.

Sainz was the first of the top six to pit, like Norris having started on the soft tyre, and switched to mediums. Norris pitted a lap later, and after a relatively slow stop, he immediately came under attack from Sainz – but managed to fend him off. Ferrari then pitted Charles Leclerc from fifth, switching him to the hard tyre.

Verstappen pitted for hard tyres on Lap 36 in an effort to undercut Bottas, who pitted a lap later and covered him. Bottas slid wide exiting Turn 3 and Verstappen passed him at Turn 5. Hamilton also pitted, and maintained a 3s lead over Verstappen, with Bottas falling a further 3s behind Verstappen.

Perez stayed out and ran long, holding the lead despite reporting a vibration – and almost tripping over a wayward Nikita Mazepin (Haas) as he lapped him. Bottas raised his pace in the final third of the race, closing the gap to Verstappen as Hamilton pulled away.

Hamilton passed Perez on track to retake the lead, just before the Mexican made his stop for soft tyres on Lap 52, Perez rejoining fourth. Hamilton cruised to the win from there, well clear of Verstappen, Bottas (who was hampered by an exhaust sensor issue late on) and the distant Perez.

Bottas made a late pitstop for fresh hard tyres, and grabbed fastest lap away from Perez, but Verstappen also pitted and opted for softs, and took it back on the final lap – until it was taken away for exceeding track limits at Turn 14, to the extra point went to Bottas.

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Norris finished fifth, ahead of Leclerc. The Ferraris switched positions on Lap 39, and Sainz lost a further place to Ocon with 21 laps remaining. The second Alpine of Fernando Alonso also enjoyed a good race, passing McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sainz to snatch eighth place in the closing stages. Ricciardo finished ninth ahead of Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) both passing Sainz, who limped home 11th after an extremely long run on mediums.

2021 Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Laps Time Gap km/h
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas
65 1'19.865 209.738
2 Mexico Sergio Perez
55 1'20.643 0.778 207.715
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen
62 1'20.695 0.830 207.581
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
47 1'20.933 1.068 206.971
5 Spain Fernando Alonso
66 1'21.032 1.167 206.718
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc
63 1'21.496 1.631 205.541
7 United Kingdom Lando Norris
55 1'21.696 1.831 205.038
8 France Esteban Ocon
34 1'21.886 2.021 204.562
9 Canada Lance Stroll
59 1'21.970 2.105 204.352
10 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
64 1'21.987 2.122 204.310
11 France Pierre Gasly
65 1'22.014 2.149 204.243
12 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
61 1'22.058 2.193 204.133
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
60 1'22.167 2.302 203.862
14 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
60 1'22.325 2.460 203.471
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel
60 1'22.416 2.551 203.246
16 United Kingdom George Russell
60 1'22.654 2.789 202.661
17 Germany Mick Schumacher
61 1'22.755 2.890 202.414
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi
60 1'23.155 3.290 201.440
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
64 1'23.641 3.776 200.270

2021 Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix tyre history

Cla Driver 1 2 3 4 5
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
M 6 M 7 M 41 H 30
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen
M 7 M 8 M 40 H 29 S 5
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas
M 6 M 7 M 40 H 28 S 3
4 Mexico Sergio Perez
M 8 M 9 M 57 S 19
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris
S 6 S 7 S 26 M 44
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc
M 7 M 8 M 30 H 41
7 France Esteban Ocon
S 5 S 6 S 25 H 44
8 Spain Fernando Alonso
M 2 M 3 M 40 H 26
9 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
M 2 M 3 M 41 H 25
10 France Pierre Gasly
S 6 S 7 S 28 M 42
11 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
S 7 S 8 S 26 M 45
12 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
M 2 M 3 M 22 H 43
13 Germany Sebastian Vettel
S 5 S 6 S 25 M 43
14 Canada Lance Stroll
S 2 S 3 S 39 M 26
15 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
M 2 M 3 M 21 H 44
16 United Kingdom George Russell
M 2 M 3 M 28 H 37
17 Germany Mick Schumacher
M 2 M 3 M 32 H 32
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi
M 2 M 3 M 24 H 40
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
M 2 M 3 M 31 H 12 S 21
Finland Kimi Raikkonen
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