Valtteri Bottas started the Portuguese Grand Prix ahead

The Finn was the fastest of the day at Portimao after dominating the first qualifying session.


The 2021 edition of Grand Prix of Portugal de F1, third date of the World Cup that takes place in Portimao, had as a reference to the Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), who was the fastest of the day after leading the first of two free practice sessions.

Bottas set in his best lap 1m19s648 / 1000, leading by 25/1000 to the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull). The tip trio was completed by Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) at 198/1000.

Valtteri Bottas Portugal 2021
Photo: Wolfgang Wilhelm.

English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), current champion and leader of the tournament by a point ahead of Verstappen, finished fifth, behind the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari).

In the second free practice, Hamilton was the fastest with 1m19s837, although he did not reach the best time of the day. Verstappen was again second at 143/1000; while Bottas was third at 344/1000.

In this session the work of Spanish was highlighted Fernando Alonso (Alpine), who completed the Top 5 behind his compatriot Carlos Sainz (Ferrari).

The result of these two practices makes clear the supremacy of Mercedes and Red Bull over the rest of the teams. In addition, it augurs a new fight for the lead between Hamilton and Verstappen, who won the first two GP's of the year.

TRAINING 1

pos. No. pilot auto tiempo diff. laps.
1 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:19.648 31
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:19.673 +0.025s 23
3 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:19.846 +0.198s 22
4 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:19.884 +0.236s 27
5 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:19.967 +0.319s 32
6 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:20.444 +0.796s 31
7 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:20.529 +0.881s 29
8 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:20.635 +0.987s 26
9 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:20.680 +1.032s 27
10 31 Stephen Or with ALPINE RENAULT 1:20.800 +1.152s 27
11 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:20.894 +1.246s 29
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:20.995 +1.347s 31
13 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:21.090 +1.442s 28
14 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:21.303 +1.655s 31
15 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:21.381 +1.733s 25
16 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:21.405 +1.757s 31
17 98 Callum Ilott ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:21.806 +2.158s 21
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:21.939 +2.291s 29
19 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:22.293 +2.645s 29
20 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:24.224 +4.576s 29

TRAINING 2

pos. No. PILOT auto tiempo dif laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:19.837 33
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:19.980 +0.143s 26
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:20.181 +0.344s 28
4 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 1:20.197 +0.360s 33
5 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 1:20.220 +0.383s 32
6 31 Stephen Or with ALPINE RENAULT 1:20.235 +0.398s 31
7 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:20.360 +0.523s 33
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:20.418 +0.581s 31
9 18 Throw Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:20.427 +0.590s 31
10 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:20.516 +0.679s 28
11 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:20.558 +0.721s 34
12 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:20.757 +0.920s 28
13 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:20.976 +1.139s 32
14 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:21.053 +1.216s 33
15 5 Sebastian Hag ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 1:21.074 +1.237s 32
16 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:21.225 +1.388s 22
17 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:21.238 +1.401s 32
18 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 1:21.537 +1.700s 29
19 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:21.855 +2.018s 31
20 9 Nikita Mazepin HAAS FERRARI 1:22.638 +2.801s 28

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