Formula One

Lewis Hamilton Makes History by Winning the Portuguese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton. Image from Mercedes Media Archives.

Historic moment at the 2020 Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix in Portimao after Lewis Hamilton won his 92nd and record-breaking race victory. By doing so, Hamilton dethroned Michael Schumacher’s 14-year-long record of 91 victories. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas could not keep up with Lewis during the second half of the race, and finished second at more than 25 seconds behind Lewis. Max Verstappen secured the last place on the podium for Red Bull.

Charles Leclerc with Ferrari placed exactly where he started – in P4. Right behind him, Pierre Gasly managed to get to P5 for Alpha Tauri after showing his amazing overtaking skills towards the end of the race. Despite leading for several laps at the beginning of the race, Carlos Sainz with McLaren lost a handful of positions due to the track drying out. Nevertheless, Sainz finished 6th and scored some decent points for his team. Sergio Perez encountered some trouble in the first lap. His contact with Verstappen sent him towards the back of the grid, however, his tire strategy and the pace of his Racing Point was enough for a P7 today. Renault’s Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo placed 8th and 9th, respectively, while Sebastian Vettel with Ferrari managed to snatch the last available point. Vettel started 15th, following a horrible qualifying result for the German.

Kimi Raikkonen with Alfa Romeo missed on the points today, and it is hard to imagine that the Iceman would be very satisfied with this result. Nevertheless, Kimi did a phenomenal first lap of the race and found himself in the comfortable 6th position. Despite his 10-position gain on lap 1, the Alfa Romeo did not seem to remain competitive enough in the dry conditions, which prevented Kimi from scoring points.

Alex Albon completed yet another dissatisfactory race for Red Bull. Albon kept on losing plenty of track positions at the start of the race, and his tire strategy did not really help to gain much back. He finished 12th, ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris. George Russell with Williams won his mid-field battle with Alfa’s Antonio Giovinazzi. The two of them finished in P14 and P15, respectively. Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean placed 16th and 17th, while Nicholas Latifi finished 18th for Williams. Daniil Kvyat with Alpha Tauri finished the Portuguese Grand Prix last in 19th position.

On lap 54, Racing Point called Lance Stroll into the pits to retire the car. Stroll did not seem too disappointed at the time because his race was pretty much already ruined by the two 5-second time penalties and his contact with Lando Norris. He became the first retirement of the race.

You can check out the complete race results HERE.


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