Portuguese GP: Lewis Hamilton soars to 97th career victory

Lewis Hamilton takes a dominant 97th career victory in Portugal ahead of Max Verstappen and teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in today’s Portuguese GP after completing two stunning overtakes to take the lead. After that, Hamilton was in complete control.

After Kimi Raikkonen’s early retirement forced a safety car, Bottas caught Hamilton sleeping at the restart. Verstappen duly swooped by to take second. Hamilton chased him down to get into DRS range to overtake him into turn one.

Verstappen complained about his lack of straight-line speed while Hamilton chased his teammate down. After spending several laps in Bottas’ wheel-tracks, Hamilton swept past Bottas into turn one. From there, Hamilton controlled his way to victory.

Verstappen overtook Bottas for second place after forcing Mercedes into an undercut, the Finn’s tyres were cold, and Verstappen passed him into turn five.

Sergio Perez’s long tyre stint saw him take fourth place while Lando Norris once again started to finish best of the rest. He beat out Charles Leclerc, who finished sixth. The two Alpine’s finished in the points as Ocon ended up seventh, and an inspired late drive from Fernando Alonso saw him take eighth from 13th on the grid.

Daniel Ricciardo salvaged a points finish after his poor qualifying while Pierre Gasly rounded out the top ten.