2020 Portugal Thoughts
THE BIG PICTURE: The only question now is, how deep into triple digit wins will Hamilton wind up with when he retires?
EVENT: Without the mitigating circumstances, this looks like it could be a fantastic event and quite a destination venue.
TRACK: Great driver's track and proved to be a great racing track. Interesting how a new track (2008) was designed like an oldtime circuit. Of course, it helps Hermann Tilke was kept far away from the blueprints.
QUALIFYING: Bottas is fast, fast, fast until ... ahhhhhhh, Hamilton is fast and it counts, Leclerc is out of this world, while Vettel is dreadful, Russell outqualifies a Ferrari straight up, Perez keeps making a statement, and Albon does the opposite.
RACE: Like Damon Hill said, the best first four laps of the season followed by scintillating side by side action throughout.
START: Nobody could lead, first Hamilton, then Bottas, then Sainz, while Verstappen initially takes advantage of the clean side before knocking Perez into a spin, while more cars used runoff area instead of track surface.
HAMILTON: The perfect performance to break the career wins record. Patience, smarts, and then blinding speed.
BOTTAS: A crushing defeat. Devastatingly crushing.
VERSTAPPEN: Once again, Max did the best his car gave him.
ALBON: Sadly, his performance did nothing to dispel the talk his days at Red Bull are numbered.
RED BULL: They have a lot of decisions to make.
LECLERC: Simply amazing what Charles is doing with this car.
VETTEL: Simply amazing -- for the wrong reasons -- what Sebastian is doing with this car.
GASLY: Continues to be great fun to watch.
KVYAT: Most likely the odd man out.
SAINZ: A moment of glory for Carlos.
NORRIS: Not very happy with Stroll.
PEREZ: A great drive from a spin and last place.
STROLL: Really needs to rethink how he does Turn 1 when there's another car nearby.
RACING POINT: Once again, so many points lost from a promising weekend.
RENAULT: Weren't able to get the setup to get the tires to work for this new track.
RAIKKONEN: Make sure you watch Kimi's in car video of the first lap. Absolutely brilliant driving from 16th to seventh (and then grabbed sixth on the second lap for good measure). Just, wow. Possibly, the greatest first lap drive in the history of Formula 1.
RUSSELL: Is his seat in trouble or just a victim of dirty paddock tricks?
HAAS: Poof, just like that Haas goes from a serious effort to a rental ride business. So long, Magnussen and Grosjean. Hello duffel bag full of cash carrying drivers.
GIOVINAZZI: How the heck did Antonio apparently get to keep his ride for next year?
FIA: If they return to the Algarve International Circuit, they need to shorten the length of the DRS zone. It was way too easy to pass with it.
WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Historic.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 92.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: There are now 73 unique venues which have hosted a Formula 1 grand prix (and countless configurations). Twelve venues hosted just one grand prix. It happened three times in the United States -- Sebring (1959), Riverside (1960), and Dallas (1984). It's happened twice in Portugal. This year and back in 1959 on Circuito de Monsanto, a 3.38-mile street circuit in Monsanto Forest Park near Lisbon. Stirling Moss won from pole in a Cooper-Climax, lapping the entire field and taking the fastest lap bonus point. Americans Masten Gregory (Cooper-Climax) and Dan Gurney (Ferrari) rounded out the podium.
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From Mercedes-AMG F1, "Ninety. Two. Wins."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mercedes team to Lewis Hamiton after the race, "You are rewriting the history books."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Carlos Sainz on his first lap run passing of the Mercedes duo into the lead, "I just drove around them the way that they usually get to drive around us!"
SCHEDULE: A return to Imola and a tryout of a (scheduled) two-day event.
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