Lewis Hamilton wins his 97th F1 Grand Prix, beats Verstappen and Bottas in Portugal

The Mercedes driver secured a comfortable victory with a gap of over 29 seconds during Portuguese GP on Sunday.
Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 3 May 2021 3:07 am

7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton produced another masterclass of driving during Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday. Starting at P2, the Mercedes driver slipped to third position after an early crash between Alpha Romeo’s duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi. However, the 36-year-old fought valiantly and eventually pipped Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas to claim his 97th F1 victory of his career.

It was a tough race: Hamilton

After registering an emphatic win, Lewis Hamilton was quite honest about the difficulties that he faced at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, which is one of the most challenging tracks. Post his victory, he said, “That was such a tough race physically and mentally. I didn’t get a good start and also lost out at the restart but it was a great result in the end. Today wasn’t all perfect and we need to get ready now for the quick turnaround for Spain.”

Sergio Perez wins Driver of the Day

Red Bull had a decent outing in Portugal in terms of points as Max Verstappen managed to finish second, buy unfortunately missed out on a bonus point for fastest lap after his last lap got deleted. While Valtteri Bottas, who started at pole position, finished third, Max’s teammate Sergio Perez got his best-ever finish for Red Bull finishing fourth. The Mexican was also recognized as the driver of the day for his consistency on Sunday.

With the top four locked up by Mercedes and Red Bull, Lando Norris got another impressive fifth-place finish for McLaren. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), Esteban Ocon (Alpine),  Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) completed the top 10 in Portugal.