The last game in Algarve was very exciting. The smooth surface surprised many drivers. Today, interest rates are better prepared to adapt to changing circumstances, but not everyone can avoid making mistakes. After the Portugal game, no one should have a heart attack, but we can’t complain about not fighting.
The headlights moved very evenly, the first corner did not launch an attack, only Sergio Perez (Sergio Perez) let Sainz beat him. A few turns later, there was an interesting battle between O’Connell and Norris, and the British finally won the victory, but there was not much action on the first lap itself. This only happened at the beginning of the second round, when Raikkonen only met his teammates under mysterious circumstances. Due to a lot of debris on the track, the race management quickly announced a neutralization.
The safety car made several laps on the track and won the sixth place. Bottas cleverly restarted Hamilton, which allowed Verstappen to surpass the world championship. Perez allowed himself to be successfully surpassed by Norris and Ocon, although he managed to successfully fight back against the French. In the end, Norris had to give up after a few laps because the overtaking had already left the track. Sainz also lost when he restarted and eventually fell to sixth place because Ocon lost his pace in the process.
However, Verstappen made a mistake in the third world and made a mistake, which put Hamilton ahead of him. At this stage of the race, the Englishman was the fastest. He proved this on lap 20 and defeated Bottas to take the lead.
Sainz was the first to change tires, and he wanted to weaken Norris. When he followed Russell and lost some time in the exit lap, the game failed. Verstappen, the helm has been trying to attack Bottas, but Honda was too slow to pass Mercedes at the starting line. At the same time, Leclerc decided to install hard tires. Despite the increased wear of the middle tires, the leader waited patiently for the stop.
Verstappen entered the pit on lap 36 and started to take the lead. The Dutch put on a hard tire. After one lap, Bottas, then Hamilton. However, the Finn failed to heat the tires and Verstappen overtook him in the second DRS zone.
After a while, Leclerc surpassed Sainz because the hard tyres of Ferrari cars performed better. Starting from the middle tyre, there are many drivers staying on the track for a long time. This is where Alonso started making changes. Ricciardo is behind him, but McLaren has a long stay, and he is behind Gasly. However, it managed to maintain the leading position of the Spaniard. Gasley lost pace a few laps before the Australian rose to ninth. Alonso also accelerated vigorously and defeated Ricardo on lap 51.
Alonso definitely feels good on hard tyres, defeating Sainz in the 58th round to rise to eighth. Finally, due to the damage of the exhaust gas temperature sensor, Bottas lost the opportunity to fight Verstappen. Mercedes decided to stop Fin again in order to fight for the fastest lap in the race. Verstappen took the exact same move, which gave us one last bit of excitement. At the same time, Ricciardo surpassed Sainz to win ninth. The Spaniard also defeated Gasly. Ferrari did not have a strong pace in the last few laps.
In the end, the Portuguese Grand Prix defeated Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas by Lewis Hamilton. Also in the top ten are Sergio Perez, Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc, Esteban Ocon ), Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly.