Hamilton reaches 97th career victory at GP Portugal
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Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-AMG) won the 18th edition of the Grand Prix of Portugal, the second consecutive at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA), and the third round of the 2021 Formula One World Championship. The 36-year-old Briton, who is chasing the 8th career title in the premier category of motorsport, won for the 97th time in the championship and second in 2021. And thus, he also increased the number of points by one to eight over Max Verstappen (Red Bull- Honda, second in Portimão and in the classification of riders

Hamilton led 34 of the 66 laps in the Algarve. The Briton started from 2nd place on the starting grid and kept it at the start of the Grand Prix, but a collision between Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) in the other car of the team, with Antonio Giovinazzi at the wheel on the main straight Portimão, required the intervention of the Safety Car, necessary for cleaning the debris on the track.

At the restart of the race, on lap 7, Bottas kept the lead, but Verstappen, when braking for turn 1, surprised Hamilton. The Briton ‘gave him back’ overtaking on lap 11, passed Bottas on 20, and then distanced himself from ‘q.b.’ of the two rivals to control the pace of the race. Lewis lost his command to Sergio Pérez (Red Bull-Honda) after stopping to change tires, on lap 38, and recovered it only on 52, after the Mexican passed through the pits to perform the same operation, with the placement of soft compounds in the RB16B denouncing the Austrians’ goal of adding the bonus point for the fastest lap in the race.

Then, until the checkered flag, between the men in front, the distances and positions remained stable, with Hamilton ahead of Verstappen, Bottas and Pérez, but not without another exciting moment: Mercedes stopped the Finn to attack the lap fastest of the race, which he managed, and Red Bull ‘responded’, doing the same with Verstappen, who even managed a better record than the Finn in the 66th of the 66 laps at the Portimão Circuit, but the Dutchman’s time it was eliminated by the FIA ​​stewards for violating the lane limits at turn 14.


1st Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG, 1: 34.31,421 h

2nd Max Verstappen, Red Bull-Honda, +29,148 s

3rd Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG, +33.530 s

4th Sergio Pérez, Red Bull-Honda +39,735 s

5th Lando Norris, McLaren-Mercedes, +51,369 s

6th Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +55,781 s

7th Esteban Ocon, Alpine-Renault, +1.03.749 m

8th Fernando Alonso, Alpine-Renault, +1.04,808 m

9th Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren-Mercedes, +1.15,369 m

10th Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri-Honda, 1.16.463 m

11th Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari, +1.18,955 m

12th Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, 1 lap

13th Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin-Mercedes, 1 lap

14th Lance Stroll, Aston Martin-Mercedes, 1 lap

15th Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri-Honda, 1 lap

16th George Russell, Williams-Mercedes, 1 lap

17th Mick Schumacher, Haas-Ferrari, 2 laps

18th Nicholas Latifi, Williams-Mercedes, 2 laps

19th Nikita Mazepin, Haas-Ferrari, 2 laps

Fastest lap: Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes-AMG, with 1.19,865 on lap 65

Next Grand Prix: Spain (Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya), on the 8th

Drivers Championship

1st Lewis Hamilton, 69 points

2nd Max Verstappen, 61 points

3rd Lando Norris, 37 points

4th Valtteri Bottas, 32 points

5th Charles Leclerc, 28 points

6th Sergio Pérez, 22 points

7th Daniel Ricciardo, 16 points

8th Carlos Sainz Jr., 14 points

9th Esteban Ocon, 8 points

10th Pierre Gasly, 7 points

11th Lance Stroll, 5 points

12th Fernando Alonso, 5 points

13th Yuki Tsunoda, 2 points

14. Kimi Räikkönen, 0 points

15th Antonio Giovinazzi, 0 points

16th Sebastian Vettel, 0 points

17th George Russell, 0 points

18th Mick Schumacher, 0 points

19th Nikita Mazepin, 0 points

20th Nicholas Latifi, 0 points

Constructors Championship

1st Mercedes-AMG, 101 points

2nd Red Bull-Honda, 83 points

3rd McLaren-Mercedes, 53 points

4th Ferrari, 42 points

5th Alpine-Renault, 13 points

6th AlphaTauri-Honda, 9 points

7th Aston Martin-Mercedes, 5 points

8th Alfa Romeo-Ferrari, 0 points

9th Williams-Mercedes, 0 points

10th Haas-Ferrari, 0 points

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