Formula 1

Formula 1: Hamilton takes all time win record at the Portuguese GP

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Lewis Hamilton has become the most successful F1 driver of all time after a dominant win in Portimao.

Chaotic Race Start

Light rain graced half of the track as the cars lined up to the grid. Hamilton had a good start, but Bottas didn’t, losing out to Verstappen and Perez. Through turn 4, Perez attempted an overtake for 3rd, but lost control of his car, almost collecting Verstappen. Both cars were unscathed. Almost unsighted, Sainz carved through the grid after an electric start, taking him into the lead of the race. The rain caused Hamilton to fall backwards as his tyres cooled down and Bottas was struggling too. Raikkonen had managed to climb 10 positions from 16th and was a stunning 6th by the end of the first lap.

Midfield Mayhem

As the rain stopped and the track dried out, Bottas and Hamilton made their way back to the front of the grid. Verstappen was also able to muscle his way back up and the leading 3 took back their starting positions. Raikkonen unfortunately fell back from his immense start, and was out of the points by lap 12.

Leclerc suffered at the start, but was able to recover to 4th on lap 12. Similarly, Gasly had an inspired start, climbing to 6th and sandwiching the McLarens. The midfield battle was reaching fever pitch by lap 16 as Gasly challenged Sainz for 5th and Stroll started attacking Norris for 7th. However, Stroll caused a collision whilst closing the door overtaking Norris and spun, losing a significant chunk of his front wing. He would later receive a 5 second penalty for this incident. To insult to injury, Stroll collected another penalty a few laps later for track extending. Grosjean also picked up a penalty for this on lap 42.

Hamilton used DRS effectively to take Bottas on the 20th lap and the Finn was unable to mount any challenge throughout the rest of the race. The 6 time champion pulled out a significant gap before his first pit stop, managing to set fastest lap after fastest lap despite 30 lap old tyres.

Strategy Calls

The pit stops were an enigma coming into the race and as a result the pit window was larger than normal, meaning quite a few different strategies were being taken.

Perez and Ocon showcased a superb battle during the pit stops, with side by side racing for almost the entire first sector. Perez won the battle and Ocon would lose out further with a slow stop on lap 55. He would however come out infront of his team-mate.

The race petered out towards the end with Hamilton, Bottas, Verstappen and Leclerc maintaining position in the top 4. However, with 3 laps to go, Gasly started an attack on Perez. After a slightly aggressive defence, Gasly regrouped and overtook Perez for 5th with one lap to go. Sainz was also able to take the Mexican a lap later, collecting important points for McLaren, who are now 2 points behind Racing Point in 3rd overall.

Historic Hamilton

Hamilton created history an astonishing 25 seconds ahead of Bottas, also achieving fastest lap as well. Bottas was disappointed with 2nd, while Verstappen achieved yet another podium. Leclerc showed Ferrari’s progress with a solid 4th, ahead of a superb Gasly.

It was only a matter of time, but history was made on the 25th of October as Lewis Hamilton became, statistically, the most successful F1 driver of all time. Considering that there is another season of these cars performing in a similar way, surely the 6 time champ will become the first ever F1 driver to win 100 races.

  1. Hamilton
  2. Bottas +25.592
  3. Verstappen +34.508
  4. Lerclerc +1:05.312
  5. Gasly +1 Lap
  6. Sainz + 1 Lap
  7. Perez + 1 Lap
  8. Ocon + 1 Lap
  9. Ricciardo + 1 Lap
  10. Vettel + 1 Lap
  11. Raikkonen + 1 Lap
  12. Albon + 1 Lap
  13. Norris + 1 Lap
  14. Russell + 1 Lap
  15. Giovinazzi + 1 Lap
  16. Magnussen + 1 Lap
  17. Grosjean + 1 Lap
  18. Latifi + 1 Lap
  19. Kvyat + 1 Lap
  20. Stroll RET

Featured Image Credit: @F1 Official Twitter

 

 

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