Portugal Delivers a Slow Weekend After Excitement of Imola

The Portugese F1 Grand Prix

 

Not every race can be as action-packed as Bahrain or Imola. While the Portugal GP was a fairly straightforward race, it gave us an insight into how the rest of the season may shape up to look. Hamilton beat Verstappen and Bottas, who started in pole position, to win the race. The gap between Hamilton and Verstappen has opened slightly after the Red Bull driver finished in second, two ahead of his teammate. We’re recapping everything you need to know about the Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of the back-to-back race in Barcelona this weekend.

 

Top of the Championship

Hamilton arrived on the track with something to prove after missing out on his 100th pole position, thanks to his Mercedes teammate. He had missed out on pole position by 0.007 seconds, showing just how close the top of the pack is. He momentarily dropped to third position during the race after Verstappen overtook him following a safety car restart. 

 

Verstappen’s lead only lasted for four laps before Hamilton hunted him down, overtaking Bottas within a few laps. Bottas took the fastest lap of the race after Verstappen’s final lap time was deleted due to track limits. It was second time unlucky after a deleted lap in qualifying saw the Dutchman miss out on pole position for the race.

 

There’s now an eight-point gap between Hamilton and Verstappen at the end of the race. Verstappen will start the race weekend looking to claw back points and take both pole position and the top of the podium. You can expect to see loyal supports of both drivers posting pictures of their Hamilton 44 caps and Max Verstappen baseball caps ahead of this weekend’s race. Don’t forget up your F1 merchandise to support your favourite driver in the Championship race.

 

The Mid-Pack

Sergio Perez is getting the hang of his new car, coming in at fourth. McLaren’s Lando Norris finished in fifth, while his teammate managed to come back from a disappointing 16th place in qualifying to finish in ninth.

 

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc climbed up from this eighth-place qualifying spot to finish in fifth. Sainz struggled with his tyres throughout the race, dropping back from the front of the mid-pack to finish in 11th position. Over at Alpine, both Ocon and Alonso scored in the points, coming in 7th and 8th, respectively. Pierre Gasly grabbed the final points by coming in 10th.

 

Elsewhere on The Circuit 

The sun is still not shining for Aston Martin, with Vettel and Stroll finishing outside the points again at 13th and 14th, respectively. Russell – nicknamed ‘Mr Saturday’ – came in at 16th after just missing out on Q3 the day before. Everyone’s favourite rookie, Tsunoda, came in at 15th. Raikkonen was a DNF after a collision with his teammate Giovinazzi, who finished in 12th. Schumacher, Latifi, and Mazepin completed the rest of the grid.

 

While Barcelona is hardly considered a fan-favourite track, we’re expecting Hamilton and Verstappen to deliver on the day. Don’t rule out Perez either, who is starting to get comfortable behind the wheel of his new Red Bull. Come back next week to get your debrief of the Spanish GP!