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2021 Portugal Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Is Mercedes pulling ahead in the development race? Or, was Red Bull hampered by their inability to get their tires to work on this particular track and we still have a nip and tuck battle? We'll hold those thoughts for a week.

EVENT: Usually, when weather spices up a race, it's due to rain. Not wind, which usually doesn't really spice things up.

TRACK: A great undulating track to watch on TV. It must be immensely more fun to watch the cars on it in person.

QUALIFYING: While everyone was talking about the number one drivers, along comes Bottas to snatch the pole, Hamilton and Verstappen just didn't put a final lap together when it counted, Vettel finally gets a top ten, Russell impresses again, and Ricciardo is hugely disappointed.

RACE: Not as boring of a race many are making it out to be. For a long while, no driver was really, truly safe in their position even if in hindsight it turns out nobody was able to make a move.

START: Bottas handles the pressure just fine, Perez not so much, Norris and Ocon have a mighty duel, Ricciardo begins his move, and Kimi looks down and runs into the back of his teammate.

HAMILTON: Another hard working victory.

BOTTAS: Once again, when the chips are on the table, Valtteri folds.

MERCEDES: If you just want another Rubens Barrichello wingman, then fine. Otherwise, put Russell in your car.

VERSTAPPEN: Got the most out of the race considering his tires just wouldn't grip and his car just couldn't handle the wind.

PEREZ: Sergio finally does what he's paid to do, finish no worse than fourth. Now, he needs to steal points from Mercedes.

NORRIS: Lance is undefeated so far this season amongst the best of the rest.

RICCIARDO: While Daniel really needs to crank it up.

LECLERC: Another fine effort.

SAINZ: Carlos had no tires left at the end of the race.

OCON: Two races in a row, Esteban beats Alonso. In both the race and qualifying.

ALONSO: Yet, Fernando looked much more like himself in the race.

ALPINE: Still a ways to go, but that's more like it.

ASTON MARTIN: A horrid season so far for the team formerly known as Racing Point also formerly known as a race winner just last season.

TSUNODA: After an impressive debut, Yuki has been showing why he is a rookie.

WILLIAMS: Fast in one-lap configuration (i.e., qualifying), but an absolute handful in race trim, especially due to its extreme sensitivity to wind.

SCHUMACHER: Mick is approaching F1 just like he did with F2 and F3 -- slow, methodical progress. His race followed the same pattern, eventually passing a Williams for his first position on merit.

RAIKKONEN: The most experienced driver on the grid makes a silly, silly rookie mistake.

FIA: A dirt slow, last place Russian driver nearly takes out the leader of the race after ignoring five blue flags. And all the Stewards did was hand out a five-second penalty. Did we mention he was dirt slow and in last place (by a minute!)? What the hell is a five-second penalty going to do to the guy? Make him shake in his booties?

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Wind.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 14 -- The turn which costs Max Verstappen the fastest lap bonus point because he couldn't keep it on the track.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The Algarve International Circuit in Portimão has now hosted it's second Portuguese GP, equaling the amount hosted by the Circuito da Boavista, a street circuit in Porto. It hosted in 1958 (won by Stirling Moss in a Vanwell) and 1960 (won by Jack Brabham in a Cooper-Climax). Though Boavista held other events called the Portugal Grand Prix (some of which ran F3 cars), these were the only two which counted for the Formula 1 World Driving Championship.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: {Social Media Blackout}

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Toto Wolff on how his attempted encouragement of Valtteri Bottas went in one of Wolff's rare radio messages to his drivers, "He was hunting him down. But when I came on the radio, it kind of flatlined."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: In the understatement of the race quote, from Kimi Raikkonen, "Purely my mistake."

SCHEDULE: The truckers travel 1,200 miles to Catalunya.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 66
2. Verstappen 66
3. Bottas 66
4. Perez 66
5. Norris 66
6. Leclerc 66
7. Ocon 66
8. Alonso 66
9. Ricciardo 66
10. Gasly 66
11. Sainz 66
12. Giovinazzi 65
13. Vettel 65
14. Stroll 65
15. Tsunoda(R) 65
16. Russell 65
17. Schumacher(R) 64
18. Latifi 64
19. Mazepin(R) 64
NC Raikkonen 1

Time of Race
1:34:31.421

Margin of Victory
29.148 secs.

Safety Car
1 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez

Fastest Race Lap
Valtteri Bottas

Pole Position
Valtteri Bottas

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 69
2. Verstappen 61
3. Norris 37
4. Bottas 32
5. Leclerc 28
6. Perez 22
7. Ricciardo 16
8. Sainz 14
9. Ocon 8
10. Gasly 7
11. Stroll 5
  Alonso 5
13. Tsunoda(R) 2

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 101
2. Red Bull 83
3. McLaren 53
4. Ferrari 42
5. Alpine 13
6. AlphaTauri 9
7. Aston Martin 5
 
 

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2020 Thoughts
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Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
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Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
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Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
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Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
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Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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