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Hamilton wins Portuguese GP, extends lead over Verstappen
PORTIMAO, Portugal — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton made two typically clinical overtakes to bounce back and win the Portuguese Grand Prix for a 97th career win on Sunday, extending his championship lead over Max Verstappen to eight points in his bid for a record eighth F1 title. At one point Hamilton slipped to third, but the Mercedes driver slickly moved ahead on Lap 20 of 66 to finish ahead of Red Bull's Verstappen and his MercedesAt one point Hamilton slipped to third, but the Mercedes driver slickly moved ahead on Lap 20 of 66 to finish ahead of Red Bull's Verstappen and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
PORTIMAO, Portugal — Red Bull driver Max Verstappen posted the fastest time in the third and final practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of qualifying later Saturday.
Verstappen was .24 seconds quicker than Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, the defending champion who is seeking a record eighth Formula One title, and .33 seconds ahead of Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Red Bull's Sergio Perez was fourth fastest in warm conditions in Portugal’s Algarve region.
Hamilton is aiming for his record-extending 100th pole and 97th win, while Verstappen goes for his 12th win and fifth pole and will be encouraged by the fact he improved on his leading time late in the session.
‘Sitting duck’ Max Verstappen laments loss in Spanish GP
MONTMELÓ, Spain — Track violations were not Max Verstappen's undoing this time. Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton was simply too fast at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday and his Mercedes team too cunning for the 23-year-old Dutchman to handle. After his great start to take the early lead from Hamilton in pole, Verstappen’s euphoria slowly vanished as lap after lap the Mercedes driver bore down on his Red Bull. A second pit stop by Hamilton for new tires was the turning point. “I could see it coming,” Verstappen said. “When they went for another stop, I knew it was over. We could see them getting closer and closer. I was a bit of a sitting duck.
Mercedes topped the first two practice sessions on Friday, through Bottas and then Hamilton.
The Portugal GP is the third race of the season.
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Hamilton leads the championship by one point from Verstappen with both drivers having won one race and taken one pole each.
Hamilton’s lead is courtesy of him taking a bonus point for the fastest lap at an incident-packed Emilia-Romagna GP, which Verstappen won.
Hamilton won the season-opener in Bahrain.
Bottas needs to find form after a poor race two weeks ago at Imola, where he was involved in a crash with Williams driver George Russell after an overtaking move went wrong and scored no points.
He dropped to fifth place in the standings behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in what could be his final season with Mercedes.
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© Motorsport Images Max Max and Lewis Hamilton with handshake after the Portimao race the crucial scene in the starting race in Bahrain, the first curve in Imola or the re-start after The Safety Car Phase in Portimao: These three moments of the Formula 1 season 2021 have a common, namely combat situations between Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull driver max stages.