The beat goes on for Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton, the seven-time Formula 1 champion, had no trouble on Sunday in Portugal, winning the F1 Portuguese Grand Prix in convincing fashion over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton started second behind pole sitter Bottas, briefly dropped to third following a rolling restart on Lap 7, and passed Verstappen for good on Lap 11. Hamilton passed Bottas going into Turn 1 on Lap 20 of the 66-lap race and was never headed.
Sergio Perez led for a stretch in the middle section of the race, but only because he was the last car to pit.
Hamilton’s final margin of victory was a convincing 29.1 seconds over Verstappen and 33.5 seconds over Bottas. Both Verstappen and Bottas hit the pits in the final two laps for fresh tires and for a shot at fastest lap of the race and the bonus point that goes with it. Verstappen actually turned the fastest lap of the 66th and final lap of the race, only to have the feat wiped out by stewards who ruled Verstappen went outside track limits in Turn 14 on his final lap. Bottas was awarded the fastest lap point to help Mercedes extend it’s lead in the F1 Constructors’ Championship to 18 points.
The win as the 97th for Hamilton in Formula 1 and marked the 150th time since the beginning of his run with Mercedes in 2013 that he’s finished in the points. Only nine times has he failed to crack the top-10 during his time with Mercedes.
The season points battle tipped even more in Hamilton’s favor with his 25 points scored on Sunday. He now has 69 points, while Verstappen is second with 61 and Lando Norris a distant third with 37. Bottas is fifth with 32 points.
Perez finished fourth in Portgual, and Norris rounded out the top five.
F1 Portuguese Grand Prix
1, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2, Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +29.1 seconds
3, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, +33.5
4, Sergio Perez, Red Bull, +39.7
5, Lando Norris, McLaren, +51.3
6, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +55.7
7, Esteban Ocon, Alpine, +1:03.7
8, Fernando Alonso, Alpine, +1:04.8
9, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren, +1:15.3
10, Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, +1:16.4
11, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, +1:18.9
12, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo, 1 lap
13, Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, 1 lap
14, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, 1 lap
15, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, 1 lap
16, George Russell, Williams, 1 lap
17, Mick Schumacher, Haas, 2 laps
18, Nicholas Latifi, Williams, 2 laps
19, Nikita Mazepin, Haas, 2 laps
20, Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, 65 laps