2021 Portuguese Grand Prix race report: Hamilton wins game of fine margins against Verstappen

2021 Portuguese Grand Prix

Max Verstappen fell foul of track limits again and made a crucial error in his fight with race winner Lewis Hamilton

Race Winner
Country
Portugal
Circuit
Round
3
Laps
66
Pole
Fastest Lap
Bottas, 1m 19.865s
2021 Season
Past Results

Fine margins could well prove decisive in this year’s championship battle, and Max Verstappen will rue being on the wrong side of them as he leaves Portugal.

On Saturday, it was an unexpected snap of oversteer that forced him wide at Turn 4 that was to blame, causing his first lap to be deleted in Q3 and losing him a time that would have proven good enough for pole.

Then in the race, two moments at Turn 14 stood out, each costing him against the two Mercedes drivers in different ways.

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

1

Lewis Hamilton

44

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

Mercedes-Benz F1 W12 E Performance (Pirelli)

1h 34m 31.421s

25

2

1

Max Verstappen

33

Red Bull Racing Honda

Red Bull RB16B-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 35m 0.569s

18

3

2

Valtteri Bottas

77

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

Mercedes-Benz F1 W12 E Performance (Pirelli)

1h 35m 4.951s

16

4

Sergio Perez

11

Red Bull Racing Honda

Red Bull RB16B-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 35m 11.156s

12

5

2

Lando Norris

4

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 35m 22.79s

10

6

2

Charles Leclerc

16

Scuderia Ferrari Misson Winnow

Ferrari SF21 (Pirelli)

1h 35m 27.202s

8

7

1

Esteban Ocon

31

Alpine F1 Team

Alpine A521-Renault (Pirelli)

1h 35m 35.17s

6

8

5

Fernando Alonso

14

Alpine F1 Team

Alpine A521-Renault (Pirelli)

1h 35m 36.229s

4

9

7

Daniel Ricciardo

3

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL35M-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 35m 46.79s

2

10

1

Pierre Gasly

10

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda

AlphaTauri AT02-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 35m 47.884s

1

11

6

Carlos Sainz

55

Scuderia Ferrari Misson Winnow

Ferrari SF21 (Pirelli)

1h 35m 50.376s

0

12

Antonio Giovinazzi

99

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen

Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari (Pirelli)

65 laps

0

13

3

Sebastian Vettel

5

Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team

Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

65 laps

0

14

3

Lance Stroll

18

Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team

Aston Martin AMR21-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

65 laps

0

15

1

Yuki Tsunoda

22

Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda

AlphaTauri AT02-Honda (Pirelli)

65 laps

0

16

5

George Russell

63

Williams Racing

Williams FW43B-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

65 laps

0

17

2

Mick Schumacher

47

Uralkali Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-21-Ferrari (Pirelli)

64 laps

0

18

Nicholas Latifi

6

Williams Racing

Williams FW43B-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

64 laps

0

19

1

Nikita Mazepin

9

Uralkali Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-21-Ferrari (Pirelli)

64 laps

0

R

Kimi Raikkonen

7

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen

Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1 laps Accident damage

0

T

Callum Ilott

98

Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen

Alfa Romeo C41-Ferrari (Pirelli)

0

Circuit - Portimao

Country

Portugal

Location

Portimao, Algarve

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.891 (Miles)

Record

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Benz F1 W11 EQ Performance), 1m18.750, 132.160 mph, F1, 2020

3,169

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