Sport Podcast: F1 Portuguese GP Qualifying Report

12:50  25 october  2020
12:50  25 october  2020 Source:   autosport.com

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After Valtteri Bottas had swept all three practice sessions, Lewis Hamilton denied the Finn with a last-gasp effort in Q3 having elected to go for two timed laps on medium compound tyres, rather than the single lap approach adopted by Bottas.

Bottas later admitted that he should have taken Hamilton's approach after what he described as a "decent lap, not perfect" left him 0.102s in arrears.

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Live coverage of Saturday's qualifying session for the Portuguese Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao. Live blog. Watch F 1 TV. RACE DEBRIEF.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc reacts after qualifying in a brilliant P4 for the 2020 Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimão.

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Both will start the race on the medium tyre, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen starting third on softs.

Elsewhere, Charles Leclerc produced a brilliant lap to qualify fourth for Ferrari, while George Russell - under pressure for his Williams seat from free agent Sergio Perez - out-qualified the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel after escaping the drop in Q1.

Autosport's Grand Prix Editor Alex Kalinauckas and F1 Reporter Luke Smith discuss all the key talking points from qualifying and look ahead to today's race.

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