The third race of the Formula One World Championships was the always spectacular Portuguese Grand Prix. The Algarve Circuit is most known for the rolling hills that create plenty of elevation change each and every lap. The starting grid for the Portuguese Grand Prix was lead by an all Mercedes F1 Team, as Valtteri Bottas took the pole position with teammate Lewis Hamilton in the second position. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez put the Redbull F1 Team in third and fourth positions.
Formula One: Mercedes vs Redbull, the Battle Continues
The battle continued at the Portuguese Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Max Verstappen from Redbull were first and second for the majority of the race. There were rumors that Lewis Hamilton was having issues with his car, however, when the lights went out. Lewis Hamilton never looked back, as he trailed his teammate Valtteri Bottas for a couple of laps before overtaking him and taking the lead.
Max Verstappen pushed the Honda-powered Rebull car in an attempt to chase Mercedes down but he was never able to get around the 7-time champion. He was able to get his Redbull car past Valtteri Bottas and was able to split the Mercedes cars, Sergio Perez was in the fourth position for the majority of the race but was unable to reel in Valtteri Bottas for the final podium spot.
Lewis Hamilton takes his 97th career victory as he wins the Portuguese Grand Prix, Max Verstappen finishes in the second position with Valtteri Bottas finishing in third position and rounds out the podium in Portugal. Valtteri Bottas was also able to secure the fastest lap before the race ended giving him the extra point towards the driver’s championship.
Portuguese Grand Prix: The Rest of the Field
Lando Norris who started in the 7th position at the Portuguese Grand Prix and was able to gain two positions before lap 66, gives McLaren a top-five finish as his teammate Daniel Riccardo slides into the top ten after a late move on Carlos Sainz giving him the 9th position when the race ended.
The Haas F1 Team had something to be excited about, as Mick Schumacher finished in 17th place, his teammate Nikita Mazepin finished in the 19th position. Both Haas F1 drivers had lots of time to learn and both drivers were able to finish the race with no issues, Mick Schumacher made a couple of nice overtakes and was battling for more, however, blue flags caused him to back off the pace so that lead cars could pass.
Kimi Raikkonen took himself out of the race early as he collided with his Alfa Romeo teammate Antonio Giovinazzi on the first lap, Kimi Raikkonen destroyed his front wing, and the debris left behind forced the safety car on track for lap 2 and lasted until lap 7. Antonio Giovinazzi was able to complete the race in the 12th position, he was unable to challenge for any points.
George Russell and the Williams F1 Team were unable to build off his highest qualifying position with Williams, he started in 11th position but after having issues with how the car was handling he dropped back to finish in the 16th position in Portugal. Unable to secure any points after such a promising qualifying run on Saturday was certainly upsetting for the Williams F1 team.
Aston Martin also struggled with pace in the Portuguese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll finished just outside the points, Lance Stroll finished 14th with his teammate Sebastian Vettel finishing in front of him in the 13th position.
Formula One: Spanish Grand Prix up Next
The Spanish Grand Prix is the next stop of the Formula One World Championships as race teams and fans will not have to wait long, Formula One will return next weekend as the Spanish Grand Prix is set for May 7th-May 9th.
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