Lewis Hamilton Outduels Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas in Portuguese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton Portuguese Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton bested Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas to win the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday at the Algarve International Circuit.
  • Hamilton won by a comfortable 29.148 margin with Verstappen finishing second and Bottas completing the podium.
  • Hamilton is the early betting favorite to win a record-setting 8th Formula One world title this year.

Lewis Hamilton proved why he is a seven-time Formula One world champion on Sunday, beating top rivals Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas to win the Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit.

The win was his 97 career victory in Formula One and his second in three races this season despite under heavy pressure from Red Bull’s Verstappen who has emerged as his top challenger this season.

Overtaking Verstappen and Bottas

Hamilton slipped to third place after a safety car restart caused by the collision between Kimi Raikkonen nad Antonio Giovinazzi on lap seven. But the seven-time world champion overtook Verstappen on the 11th lap and pole-sitter Bottas nine laps later. Once he took the lead, Hamilton never looked back and won comfortable via a 29.148 second margin.

Bottas was able to keep Verstappen at bay until the single round of pit stops at lap 35 when Verstappen took advantage by pitting first. That move gave Verstappen an extra lap to warm his tyres and when Bottas got out of the pit one lap later, his tyres were struggling for temperature and the Red Bull ace put him under pressure on Turn 3 before completing a passing move at turn 5.

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finished in 4th place while McLaren’s Lando Norris placed 5th as the top finished not from Mercedes or Red Bull. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came in 6th while Alpine’s Esteban Ocon finished in 7th place. Fernando Alonso completed an impressive comeback from 13th to finish in 8th place. Daniel Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly completed the top 10.

Hamilton vs Verstappen Rivalry

The win was Hamilton’s second of the season and it puts him eight points up on second place Verstappen in the Drivers Standings heading to the Spanish Grand Prix next weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya which is a race that Hamilton has dominated in the last four years.

Hamilton has won the last four installments of the Spanish Grand Prix and his five wins in the race ranks only second to Michael Schumacher’s six triumphs in the Spanish Grand Prix. However, the last driver to win the Spanish race not surnamed Hamilton was Verstappen who won in 2016. The Red Bull Ace also finished 3rd in 2018 and 2019, then 2nd last year.

The rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen is getting better by the race, with Mercedes and Red Bull looking incredibly matched this year. However, after three races in the 2021 Formula One World Championship, Hamilton’s experience and savvy have been the key. The Mercedes ace is currently the -225 betting favorite to win a record-setting 8th world title this season with Verstappen expected to be his closest pursuer at +162 at the online sportsbook Bet365.

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