Lewis Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s record and triumphs in Portugal

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Lewis Hamilton won the 92nd his career victory and broke Michael Schumacher’s record. In Portuguese GP the second was the British teammate Valtteri Bottas, the last of the awards stage was Max Verstappen.

“I can’t tell you how hard that was today – we’ve got a great car, but you have to drive the nuts off it to pull out a lap and Valtteri has just been so quick here this weekend! I’ve been digging and digging and trying to find that extra time. They communicated well with us and gave us the option of what to do at the end – I chose to do three laps to give a chance at beating his time and he chose to do one.”, said L. Hamilton. – I thought that might give me an opportunity and it worked out, getting better and better on the final lap.

This is a hardcore circuit, with places where you can’t see where you’re going because you’re just looking at the sky, so there are no references for braking points for example. It’s among the most challenging circuits I’ve been to, especially with this new surface that makes it hard to get the tyres switched on and working on both axles. It’s a big thank you to the team for the work this weekend, and to the fans who were able to come out today – it’s great to see their flags out there on track.”

Valtteri Bottas said: “That was a strong session for me until the final run. Based on the feeling from Q2, we decided to go for the medium for the last run, then it was a question of one timed lap or three timed laps of fuel in the car. It’s always a balance: with one lap, you carry less fuel weight but might have a challenge with the warm-up of the tyre; that’s what I went for as it had worked for me in Q2.

It has been tricky to get clean laps this weekend and the final one for me was decent but not perfect – that’s the challenge of a track and a surface like this. So of course, a little disappointing not to be on pole after topping the times most of the weekend, but I will be fighting for the win from P2 tomorrow.”

POSDRIVERGAPTYREPIT
1Lewis HAMILTON MercedesLEADERH1
2Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes+25.592H1
3Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing+34.508M1
4Charles LECLERC Ferrari+65.312H1
5Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri1LM1
6Carlos SAINZ McLaren1LM1
7Sergio PEREZ Racing Point1LS2
8Esteban OCON Renault1LS1
9Daniel RICCIARDO Renault1LM1
10Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari1LH1
11Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing1LM1
12Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing1LS2
13Lando NORRIS McLaren1LM2
14George RUSSELL Williams1LH1
15Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing1LH1
16Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team1LM1
17Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team1LH1
18Nicholas LATIFI Williams2LH1
19Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri2LS2
20Lance STROLL Racing PointS3

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