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Portuguese Grand Prix
Algarve International Circuit, Portimao
Race: Podium
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Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
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2
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
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3
Max Verstappen Red Bull
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4
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
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Algarve International Circuit, Portimao RACE TRACK, 25 Oct 2020
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Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
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25 October 16:48

Thank you for joining us. See you next time for the Italian GP.

25 October 16:29

Vettel is in 10th place, finally getting past the Alfa Romeo of Kimi Raikkonen.

25 October 16:28

Ocon pits and rejoins the race ahead of Renault team mate, Ricciardo.

25 October 16:22

Verstappen is closing on his team mate Albon. And yes, he will lap Albon.

25 October 16:16

Hamilton extends his lead over Bottas to 13.5sec. Bar any incidents, Hamilton could rewrite the record books at the end of the race.

25 October 16:08

Hulkenberg's future is still up in the air, but Verstappen would welcome him at Red Bull Racing next year.
Hulkenberg's future is still up in the air, but Verstappen would welcome him at Red Bull Racing next year.
Hulkenberg 'would be a good team mate' - Verstappen

25 October 16:02

Did Ferrari throw a podium position away by pitting Leclerc so late?

25 October 16:01

Leclerc pits, but where will he exit?

25 October 15:56

Leclerc is still running in third place and is yet to make his pit stop. Hamilton and Bottas have also not yet made their pit stops.

25 October 15:54

While drivers are dipping into the pits, Hamilton has increased his lead over Bottas to more than 7 seconds!

25 October 15:52

Vettel pits and it's the Hard tyre going on. But there are still drops of rain on the track...

25 October 15:51

Sainz pits, rejoins in 14th place.

25 October 15:46

Verstappen is in the pits and rejoins in sixth place.

25 October 15:43

Leclerc closing on Verstappen - the gap now 3.3sec.

25 October 15:41

Albon enters the pit and is back out again in 18th place.

25 October 15:40

Hamilton leads the race, Bottas is now in second.

25 October 15:39

Stroll tangles with Norris and damages his front wing.

25 October 15:37

Several drivers complaining about tyres losing life, including Hamilton.

25 October 15:32

Verstappen telling his race engineer that his left front tyre is 'dead'.

25 October 15:31

Alex Albon is having another torrid race, currently down in 11th on the Soft tyre.

25 October 15:29

Leclerc is readying to overtake Sainz. Those Softs on Sainz's McLaren is not going to last very long...

25 October 15:24

Verstappen passes Sainz for third place, but is quickly gaining ground on the two Mercedes drivers ahead of him.

25 October 15:23

Bottas regains the lead and Hamilton passes Sainz, too. The Medium tyre is coming into play, while the Soft tyre is dropping a bit of performance.

25 October 15:21

Drivers on the Soft tyre had a much better start than those on the Medium tyre.

25 October 15:19

It's a battle between Mercedes and McLaren: Sainz and Norris vs. Bottas and Hamilton.

25 October 15:18

Sainz is on the Soft tyre, while Bottas and Hamilton are on the Mediums.

25 October 15:17

What a start! Carlos Sainz leads the race, followed by Bottas, Hamilton and his McLaren team Norris in fourth. 

25 October 15:15

Is that rain on the track??

25 October 15:15

Hamilton leads the field but is quickly passed by Bottas!

25 October 15:14

And we're off!

25 October 15:12

It's bound to be a close contest between the Mercedes men, given how tight the battle is between them.

25 October 15:03

Today's race could be a record-breaking one, as Lewis Hamilton looks to become the most successful race winner in Formula 1 history.

25 October 15:02

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Portuguese Grand Prix!

24 October 16:35

Thank you for joining us. We'll see you tomorrow for the race.

24 October 16:32

Hamilton takes pole position! What a final few moments!

24 October 16:31

Bottas takes provisional pole! He is 0.180sec faster than Hamilton.

24 October 16:29

And Hamilton takes pole position on the Medium tyre with a 1:16.934

24 October 16:29

Mercedes goes with a rather strange strategy: Both drivers are on the Medium tyre!

24 October 16:23

Leclerc goes third fastest for the moment, but is demoted to fourth by Verstappen.

24 October 16:22

Bottas is fastest at the moment, but only 0.047sec faster than Hamilton! This is going to be good!

24 October 16:19

Q3 is underway! Who will come out on top at the end of the 12min session?

24 October 16:13

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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:18.949
1:29:56.828
1
2
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:20.508
25.592
1
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:20.444
34.508
1
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:20.408
65.312
1
5
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:21.265
1 LAP
1
6
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:20.268
1 LAP
1
7
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:22.226
1 LAP
2
8
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
1:21.389
1 LAP
1
9
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:20.923
1 LAP
1
10
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:21.027
1 LAP
1
11
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:21.819
1 LAP
1
12
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
1:20.048
1 LAP
2
13
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:19.360
1 LAP
2
14
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:21.410
1 LAP
1
15
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:21.965
1 LAP
1
16
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:22.001
1 LAP
1
17
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:21.822
1 LAP
1
18
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:22.743
2 LAPS
1
19
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
1:20.863
1 LAP
2
R
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
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25 Oct

Not only is it an iconic track, but it's also one where the drivers have little experience, and conditions could play a big part. We'll be here covering all the action from Friday morning onwards, so join us then. Thanks for tuning in today, and see you

25 Oct

After an incredible first few laps, you may feel a little disappointed with how that race panned out. Don't worry though, because we have another one next weekend, at the historic circuit of Imola.

25 Oct

He did it in style, too. His winning margin was the biggest of the season.

25 Oct

Hamilton is understandably jubilant. He gets the crowd going before embracing his father. What an achievement this is.

25 Oct

The final finishing order: P1 Hamilton, P2 Bottas, P3 Verstappen, P4 Leclerc, P5 Gasly, P6 Sainz, P7 Perez, P8 Ocon, P9 Ricciardo, P10 Vettel, P11 Raikkonen, P12 Albon, P13 Norris, P14 Russell, P15 Giovinazzi, P16 Magnussen, P17 Grosjean, P18 Latifi, P19

25 Oct

Ocon and Ricciardo came home in P8 and P9, just ahead of Vettel, who finishes in the top 10 for just the fourth time this season.

25 Oct

Perez may be disappointed to finish in P7 given he was in the top five with two laps left, but it's a great drive from him nonetheless given he was rock-bottom after the first lap.

25 Oct

Gasly will be pleased with P5, and Sainz with P6, despite the fact that he led the race early on.

25 Oct

Leclerc finishes in P4, a long, long way clear of the rest of the midfield. Great effort from him.

25 Oct

Bottas crosses the line 25 seconds later to take P2, while Verstappen once again completes the top three.

25 Oct

Lewis Hamilton wins the Portuguese Grand Prix to become F1's most prolific winner ever!

25 Oct

Sainz passes Perez at Turn 1!

25 Oct

Final lap...

25 Oct

Gasly makes the move stick a lap later to take P5!

25 Oct

Perez defends hard at Turn 1 to hold the AlphaTauri at bay for now...

25 Oct

Ocon hasn't had the pace he needed to catch Sainz and Gasly ahead, while the Frenchman is closing up on Perez...

25 Oct

Hamilton has cramp. Seven laps to go, and he's 17 seconds clear...

25 Oct

Vettel takes P10 from Raikkonen.

25 Oct

A time penalty for Kvyat for - yep, you guessed it - exceeding track limits.

25 Oct

Ocon finally pits and comes out in P8 just ahead of Ricciardo. On soft tyres, he fancy his chances of catching Sainz.

25 Oct

Stroll becomes the first DNF of the day as he pulls into the garage to retire.

25 Oct

Vettel is in P11 and all over the back of Raikkonen. With his team-mate in P4, he should really be getting a point at the least.

25 Oct

Albon lapped by Verstappen.

25 Oct

It's got to that point in the race where not much is happening and I've started to think about my driver ratings. Leclerc, Perez and Gasly surely the drivers of the day, along with Hamilton of course.

25 Oct

What a first stint this has been for Ocon. He still hasn't pitted and is in P5.

25 Oct

Speaking of Albon, he has just pitted again and is now in P12.

25 Oct

Gasly takes P7 from Ricciardo. Albon, in a Red Bull, is in P11. Just saying.

25 Oct

Bottas can't get any grip from his tyres and is being caught by Verstappen. Hamilton has had no such issues.

25 Oct

Grosjean the second driver to get a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits. Kvyat is only one warning away.

25 Oct

Bottas asked to put on soft tyres, but his team didn't seem to care much. He's on hards.

25 Oct

Hamilton comes in for fresh hards, rejoining a good 20 seconds ahead of Verstappen.

25 Oct

The Mercedes drivers are now two of three drivers yet to pit.

25 Oct

This track is giving us some absolutely brilliant racing in the midfield. It's like the Circuit de Catalunya on steroids. Long live Portimao.

25 Oct

Russell is currently in the dizzy heights of P7. However, he has yet to pit.

25 Oct

Leclerc pits and comes out in P4, five seconds ahead of the Mexican.

25 Oct

Perez takes P5 from Ocon after the two go wheel to wheel for almost an entire lap!

25 Oct

Albon has just been lapped by Hamilton. Another poor race for him.

25 Oct

Sainz takes the spot a lap later.

25 Oct

Raikkonen and Sainz have an excellent fight for P10, with the Finn coming out on top for now.

25 Oct

Stroll has been give another five second penalty for exceeding track limits. Not his day...

25 Oct

He's just gone purple, despite not yet pitting.

25 Oct

Hamilton now leads Bottas by seven seconds...

25 Oct

Vettel pits for hards and rejoins ahead of Norris. That was a good first stint for the German.

25 Oct

Sainz gets out of Verstappen's way, pitting and come out just ahead of Albon.

25 Oct

Stroll has a five-second penalty for his collision with Norris.

25 Oct

Verstappen pits for fresh mediums and rejoins behind Sainz.

25 Oct

Perez, who dropped to the back and pitted for mediums at the start, is now back in the points, passing Giovinazzi for P10.

25 Oct

A few drivers saying that it's starting to rain again...

25 Oct

Gasly is up to P5. He's the only man who has really mastered the soft tyre today.

25 Oct

Renault may have nailed the Aussie's strategy. He's now ahead of Albon, Norris and Stroll.

25 Oct

Albon pits for mediums and comes out in P18, crucially behind Ricciardo.

25 Oct

He takes the lead at Turn 1! He's been rapid in the last few laps.

25 Oct

Hamilton is now all over the back of Bottas. He's in DRS range.

25 Oct

Stroll and Norris touch! The Canadian tries a late pass on the Brit at Turn 1, going round the outside, but gets clipped and spins. He's down to P11, while Norris has to pit with wing damage.

25 Oct

Hamilton starting to step things up now. He's closed the gap to 1.3 seconds in the last two laps.

25 Oct

Ricciardo dives into the pits to get off softs and put on mediums. Will Verstappen follow suit soon?

25 Oct

Bottas is keeping Hamilton at bay comfortably. He currently has a 2.4 second lead.

25 Oct

Stroll passes Ricciardo to take P9. At the moment, Gasly is the only man doing well on softs. He's in P6.

25 Oct

Verstappen: "Left front is dead mate." He wants to pit.

25 Oct

Leclerc, on mediums, is all over the back of Sainz, on softs.

25 Oct

Mediums starting to work now. Verstappen is already struggling with his softs already.

25 Oct

Raikkonen meanwhile is going in the opposite direction. He's down the P9 now.

25 Oct

Leclerc is looking good and is up to P5 after dropping down at the start.

25 Oct

The Dutchman takes P3.

25 Oct

Verstappen is flying and will make it the usual top three any minute now. Well, it was fun while it lasted...

25 Oct

The Brit passes the McLaren at Turn 1.

25 Oct

Bottas retakes the lead! Hamilton is now all over Sainz...

25 Oct

Verstappen is starting to recover and has just taken P4 from Norris. The Mercedes drivers are also getting quicker now...

25 Oct

Raikkonen gained 10 place at the start and is in P6.

25 Oct

We knew warming tyres up would be an issue, but nobody thought it would shake the order up that much. Sainz is on softs and is the quickest man on track. Bottas and Hamilton just can't get their mediums turned on, while Verstappen may well have picked up

25 Oct

What a start!

25 Oct

Sainz takes the lead! He's warmed his tyres up far better than anyone else!

25 Oct

Rain!

25 Oct

Hamilton and Verstappen are both dropping down the order! Bottas and Sainz now P1 and P2!

25 Oct

And we're off! Hamilton holds his lead while Bottas loses P2 to Verstappen but takes it back down the inside! The Dutchman then hits Perez!

25 Oct

The formation lap is underway. Here we go...

25 Oct

In case you're somehow not aware, Hamilton could today surpass Michael Schumacher's tally and become the most prolific race winner in the history of F1.

25 Oct

The drivers are all strapped into their cars and ready to go.

25 Oct

We've just had the Portuguese national anthem, and it goes straight to the top three of my favourites from this season. Nothing like a few acoustic guitars.

25 Oct

We could be in for a two-stop race even if things stay dry. The soft tyre in particular hasn't held up too well all weekend.

25 Oct

Not to get your hopes up, but there's a lot of grey clouds looming above the circuit... There's apparently a 40% chance of rain during the race.

25 Oct

The drivers have little experience at this track, and that has been evident throughout the weekend. Hundreds of laps have been deleted due to track limits being exceeded, while warming tyres up is proving extremely difficult, as shown by the fact that t

25 Oct

The full starting grid: P1 Hamilton, P2 Bottas, P3 Verstappen, P4 Leclerc, P5 Perez, P6 Albon, P7 Sainz, P8 Norris, P9 Gasly, P10 Ricciardo, P11 Ocon, P12 Stroll, P13 Kvyat, P14 Russell, P15 Vettel, P16 Raikkonen, P17 Giovinazzi, P18 Grosjean, P19 Magnus

25 Oct

Pierre Gasly recovered from having his car set alight on Friday to qualify P9, and he starts just ahead of the man he replaced at Red Bull way back when. Daniel Ricciardo wasn't able to compete in Q3 due to damage picked up in Q2, and will fancy his chanc

25 Oct

Of the three teams fighting for P3 in the Constructors' Championship, McLaren arguably enjoyed the best day yesterday, being the only one to get both drivers into Q3. Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris start in P7 and P8 respectively.

25 Oct

Charles Leclerc starts alongside Verstappen and has looked strong all weekend. Last time out he dropped down the order after starting P4, but his Ferrari is certainly stronger here than it was at the Nurburgring. That being said, he'll need to put in the

25 Oct

The front three has a rather familiar feel to it. Lewis Hamilton prevailed in a closely fought battle with team-mate Valtteri Bottas to take pole position, while Max Verstappen wasn't too far off himself and starts in P3. Interestingly, he starts on softs

25 Oct

This is the first ever Formula 1 race at Portimao, and here's how the grid lines up for it...

25 Oct

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix! Lights out at 13:10 local time.
Qualifying 1
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:16.828
-
1
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:16.879
0.051
1
3
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:16.945
0.117
1
4
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:17.209
0.381
2
5
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:17.370
0.542
1
6
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:17.421
0.593
1
7
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
1:17.435
0.607
2
8
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:17.446
0.618
2
9
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:17.547
0.719
2
10
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:17.621
0.793
2
11
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:17.627
0.799
2
12
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:17.667
0.839
2
13
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
1:17.922
0.947
2
14
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
1:17.841
1.013
2
15
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:17.931
1.103
2
16
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:18.201
1.373
2
17
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:18.323
1.495
2
18
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:18.364
1.536
2
19
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:18.508
1.680
2
20
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:18.777
1.949
2

24 Oct

Those out in Q1: P16 Raikkonen, P17 Giovinazzi, P18 Grosjean, P19 Magnussen, P20 Latifi.

24 Oct

What a lap that was from the Brit. He sneaks into Q2.

24 Oct

Russell improves at the death to climb up to P15!

24 Oct

Latifi out.

24 Oct

Grosjean moves out of the drop zone and into P15.

24 Oct

Russell only does enough to go P16.

24 Oct

The drop zone with five minutes left: Grosjean, Raikkonen, Russell, Magnussen, Latifi.

24 Oct

Vettel has his best time deleted and will need a good one to ensure he survives Q1.He's currently P14.

24 Oct

Hamilton joins them, taking P1 by a tenth.

24 Oct

We're into the 1:16s courtesy of Verstappen and Bottas.

24 Oct

P2 for Hamilton. Meanwhile, Verstappen loses control and goes wide.

24 Oct

Bottas goes purple with a 1:17.064.

24 Oct

Perez and Verstappen take P1 and P2.

24 Oct

Leclerc and Vettel go P1 and P3.

24 Oct

Sainz goes P2, a tenth down on the Mexican and a tenth quicker than Ricciardo.

24 Oct

Perez currently top with a 1:18.040. Times will get a lot quicker than that though.

24 Oct

Yep, we're underway.

24 Oct

The drivers are in the cars and it looks like qualifying is about to start.

24 Oct

This delay would be a saving grace for teams that needed to do repairs, but none of them do. The only car to display problems in FP3 was the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo, as the DRS flap wasn't working. However, the team seemed to fix that issue by the e

24 Oct

There's still a lot of work to, so the session could be delayed further... It's a good thing there aren't any support race here this weekend.

24 Oct

Another to impress was Charles Leclerc. He finished in P6, and has been in the top six all weekend. Ferrari's aim was qualify on the third row, and the Monegasque could well do so...

24 Oct

Well, that gives us some more time to go into details about what else happened this morning... Gasly was one of the stand-out performers of the session, ending it in P4. That was made all the more impressive by the fact that his car was on fire rather dr

24 Oct

It has just been announced that qualifying will be delayed by half an hour so that a loose drain cover can be repaired. It came loose in FP3 when Vettel ran over it.

24 Oct

It's not going to be any easy qualifying for any driver. For one, they've all been struggling with track limits and have therefore had numerous lap times deleted in practice. What's more, it's proving difficult to warm tyres up, meaning that some drivers

24 Oct

That's because, while it was yet another Mercedes 1-2, Max Verstappen was just a tenth off leader Bottas and, unlike the Finn and Hamilton, used the slower medium tyre. We're not getting our hopes up too much though - we've been hurt before...

24 Oct

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix! The session gets started in 30 minutes, and if this morning is anything to go by, it's going to be a good one...
Qualifying 2
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:16.466
-
3
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:16.824
0.358
3
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:17.038
0.572
3
4
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:17.129
0.663
3
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:17.183
0.717
4
6
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:17.321
0.855
4
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:17.367
0.901
4
8
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:17.367
0.901
3
9
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
1:17.411
0.945
4
10
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:17.481
1.015
4
11
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
1:17.614
1.148
4
12
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:17.626
1.160
4
13
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
1:17.728
1.262
4
14
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:17.788
1.322
4
15
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:17.919
1.453
4

24 Oct

The stand-out name there is of course Vettel. It's surprising that Ferrari never put him on softs, but considering Leclerc made it through on mediums, the German will be disappointed.

24 Oct

Those out: P11 Ocon, P12 Stroll, P13 Kvyat, P14 Russell, P15 Vettel.

24 Oct

Luckily for him, nobody else improves and he scrapes through in P10.

24 Oct

Ricciardo loses it and goes off, touching the barrier.

24 Oct

Vettel doesn't improve. He'll start P15.

24 Oct

Russell goes P14 above Vettel.

24 Oct

Ocon out.

24 Oct

No major improvements on the first run of laps...

24 Oct

Cars heading out for their final runs.

24 Oct

The drop zone with five minutes left: Ocon, Stroll, Kvyat, Vettel, Russell.

24 Oct

Interestingly, Verstappen hasn't opted to do a lap on mediums, and is in P3, someway off the front two, on softs.

24 Oct

The Mercedes drivers will be able to get to Q3 on mediums, but the Ferrari drivers will have to go out on softs.

24 Oct

Hamilton goes P2, three tenths off Bottas.

24 Oct

P11 for Vettel and P6 for Leclerc.

24 Oct

Verstappen goes P3 while Hamilton has to abort his lap because of traffic.

24 Oct

A 1:16.466 for Bottas.

24 Oct

Perez goes top early on with a 1:17.129.

24 Oct

So too are the Mercedes and Verstappen.

24 Oct

The Ferraris are out on mediums. Ambitious...

24 Oct

Q2 is underway.
Qualifying 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:16.652
-
5
2
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:16.754
0.102
5
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:16.904
0.252
5
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:17.090
0.438
5
5
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:17.223
0.571
5
6
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
1:17.437
0.785
6
7
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:17.520
0.868
5
8
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:17.525
0.873
4
9
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:17.803
1.151
4
10
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
4

24 Oct

The race will begin at 13:10 local time tomorrow, so join us here at noon for all the build-up and commentary from start to finish. And don't forget, the clocks go back tonight. An hour more in bed, and F1 an hour earlier tomorrow. Lovely stuff. Thanks

24 Oct

Well, we didn't get the three-way fight for pole we'd hoped for as Verstappen didn't have the pace, but we still got a tight fight between Hamilton and Bottas. Let's hope that continues tomorrow... Oh, and with Verstappen starting on softs unlike those tw

24 Oct

The starting grid for the race: P1 Hamilton, P2 Bottas, P3 Verstappen, P4 Leclerc, P5 Perez, P6 Albon, P7 Sainz, P8 Norris, P9 Gasly, P10 Ricciardo, P11 Ocon, P12 Stroll, P13 Kvyat, P14 Russell, P15 Vettel, P16 Raikkonen, P17 Giovinazzi, P18 Grosjean, P1

24 Oct

Sainz got the better of team-mate Norris and will start in P7, with the Brit just ahead of Gasly and Ricciardo.

24 Oct

Leclerc and Perez leap-frogged Albon at the end to take P4 and P5.

24 Oct

Verstappen briefly takes P2, but Hamilton pushes him down and takes pole! He does it with a 1:16.652.

24 Oct

Hamilton and Verstappen on their final laps...

24 Oct

What a lap! Bottas goes top by just under two tenths!

24 Oct

Great first sector...

24 Oct

Bottas has 0.052s to make up...

24 Oct

Hamilton goes top!

24 Oct

Hamilton and Bottas going out on mediums.

24 Oct

Albon can't improve. He's running mediums, so will surely switch to softs for his final run.

24 Oct

P3 for Verstappen, a tenth off Hamilton.

24 Oct

So too does Perez.

24 Oct

Leclerc goes above the Red Bull.

24 Oct

Albon goes P3, nine tenths down.

24 Oct

Round 1 to Bottas. He takes provisional pole by 0.047s from Hamilton.

24 Oct

Green lights for Q3.
Practice 1
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:18.410
-
4
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:18.749
0.339
3
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:19.191
0.781
3
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:19.309
0.899
6
5
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
1:19.365
0.955
5
6
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:19.441
1.031
5
7
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:19.907
1.497
4
8
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:19.954
1.544
5
9
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:20.058
1.648
3
10
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:20.124
1.714
4
11
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:20.200
1.790
6
12
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:20.207
1.797
5
13
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
1:20.278
1.868
5
14
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:20.846
2.436
5
15
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:20.954
2.544
4
16
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:21.009
2.599
5
17
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:21.169
2.759
5
18
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:21.374
2.964
6
19
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
1:21.673
3.263
5
20
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:22.054
3.644
8

23 Oct

Next up at Portimao is FP2, which will get underway at 15:00 local time. Join us here half an hour beforehand for all the build up. Cheers.

23 Oct

The final FP1 standings: P1 Bottas, P2 Hamilton, P3 Verstappen, P4 Leclerc, P5 Albon, P6 Sainz, P7 Perez, P8 Raikkonen, P9 Ricciardo, P10 Gasly, P11 Vettel, P12 Norris, P13 Kvyat, P14 Magnussen, P15 Stroll, P16 Giovinazzi, P17 Grosjean, P18 Russel, P19 O

23 Oct

Behind them, Ferrari will be encouraged by Leclerc's performance as the Monegasque took P4, just ahead of Alex Albon.

23 Oct

It ends like many, many 2020 session, with a top three of Bottas, Hamilton and Verstappen, in that order.

23 Oct

FP1 is over.

23 Oct

Grosjean and Giovinazzi both go wide, but get away with it.

23 Oct

The soft tye has been nowhere to be seen this morning, all have run hards and mediums.

23 Oct

Verstappen puts in a huge improvement to take P3.

23 Oct

The Finn now goes top with a 1:18.410.

23 Oct

Bottas improves to go P2, one tenth down on Hamilton.

23 Oct

Can't help but feel a bit dizzy every time the broadcast cuts to an onboard camera. The elevation changes really are huge.

23 Oct

A puff of smoke has just come from Verstappen's engine. The car is running fine, though.

23 Oct

The drivers are all struggling with grip this morning.

23 Oct

With just over 40 minutes left, the top three is Hamilton, Leclerc, Bottas. is it 2019 again?

23 Oct

We're now into the 1:19s courtesy of them, with Hamilton quickest with a 1:19.526.

23 Oct

Times are starting to drop now, with first Hamilton and then Leclerc going purple.

23 Oct

Gasly takes P1 with a 1:20.365.

23 Oct

P3 for Hamilton, four tenths down on the Ferrari.

23 Oct

Leclerc goes top.

23 Oct

Times starting to fly in now, although not many of them are particularly quick. Most are running high fuel loads and hard tyres.

23 Oct

With all the fast corners and downhill drops, this track really does look like a rollercoaster.

23 Oct

Verstappen gives us our first spin of the weekend as he loses it coming out of Turn 4. No damage done, though.

23 Oct

The McLaren man now does a 1:21.497, and this one stands. Verstappen is also out and has gone four seconds slower.

23 Oct

Or not. He's had his lap time deleted for exceeding track limits. Expect that to happen a lot this weekend.

23 Oct

Sainz puts in the first time of the weekend, a 1:24.452. That's a new lap record! Obviously.

23 Oct

Here we go then. The first ever Formula 1 session at Portimao is underway.

23 Oct

On track, don't expect too many challenges for Mercedes at the top. Behind however, Ferrari are hoping they'll be able to be third quickest with their new upgrades. Optimistic to say the least...

23 Oct

The big news heading into this weekend is the fact that Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen will be leaving Haas at the end of the season. There's talk that the team will reveal two new drivers in the coming days, so keep an eye out...

23 Oct

Teams and driver alike will be relieved to see that the weather won't cause them any issues at least. It's currently 18C and clear, and is set to stay that way all weekend.

23 Oct

It really is a case of diving into the unknown this weekend. An F1 race has never taken place at this track, and few drivers have had much experience on it. Given this, the practice sessions will be hugely important.

23 Oct

Hello and welcome to Portimao, home of the Portuguese Grand Prix. Didn't think we would typing that at the start of the year! Our first practice session gets underway at 1100 local time.
Practice 2
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:17.940
-
5
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:18.535
0.595
3
3
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:18.743
0.803
2
4
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:18.838
0.898
3
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:19.113
1.173
3
6
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:19.175
1.235
2
7
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:19.178
1.238
1
8
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:19.308
1.368
3
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
1:19.496
1.556
3
10
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
1:19.643
1.703
1
11
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:19.821
1.881
3
12
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:19.901
1.961
2
13
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:19.987
2.047
3
14
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:20.465
2.525
4
15
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:20.490
2.550
2
16
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:20.680
2.740
2
17
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
1:20.729
2.789
3
18
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:20.867
2.927
1
19
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:20.983
3.043
1
20
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:21.396
3.456
3

23 Oct

Next up this weekend is FP3, which will get underway at 11:00 local time tomorrow. Join us then, and stick with us all the way through to qualifying. Considering how much drivers struggled to keep their cars on track and facing the right way today, it sho

23 Oct

Well, after the first 30 minutes, that was a pretty entertaining session, though more for incidents than anything else. Spare a thought tonight for the racing Point and AlphaTauri mechanics, who will probably be up late working on their cars.

23 Oct

The final time sheet: P1 Bottas, P2 Verstappen, P3 Norris, P4 Leclerc, P5 Sainz, P6 Vettel, P7 Gasly, P8 Hamilton, P9 Ocon, P10 Albon, P11 Russell, P12 Perez, P13 Ricciardo, P14 Latifi, P15 Raikkonen, P16 Magnussen, P17 Kvyat, P18 Grosjean, P19 Stroll, P

23 Oct

Despite being passed by Norris, Leclerc will be happy with P4 nonetheless, especially considering his best lap was on mediums. The same can be said for Vettel, who finished in P6.

23 Oct

Bottas makes it a Friday clean sweep by taking P1 once again. Verstappen was his closest challenger, but probably won't be in the best mood considering his incident with Stroll.

23 Oct

Mind you, Norris did enough to P3 from Leclerc right at the end.

23 Oct

Largely because of that, there are no major improvements and the session is over.

23 Oct

The track is crowded, and cars are getting in eachother's way.

23 Oct

The session has restarted. Nine minutes to go.

23 Oct

Verstappen: "Is this guy *bleep* blind? What the *bleep* is wrong with him?" We'll let you fill in the blanks...

23 Oct

Both drivers are under investigation. On one hand, Stroll should've given Verstappen more space, but on the other, the Dutchman shouldn't have just assumed he'd be let through. Both at fault.

23 Oct

Verstappen was slipstreaming Stroll on the home straight and dived down the inside to pass him at Turn 1. The Canadian turned in and they hit.

23 Oct

Red flag! Verstappen and Stroll come together, leaving the Racing Point beached in the gravel.

23 Oct

Verstappen heads out on softs but backs out of a lap like Hamilton did. That compound isn't looking too good.

23 Oct

We're back underway. Half an hour to go.

23 Oct

Gasly has been on fire a number of times this season, but never quite so literally.

23 Oct

The marshalls have put the AlphaTauri out with a fire extinguisher, covering the track in the process.

23 Oct

Red Flag! Gasly's car has caught fire rather dramatically. Thankfully, he got out of the car in time.

23 Oct

His team-mate does do P1 however with a 1:17.940.

23 Oct

Maybe not. He back outs.

23 Oct

Verstappen goes purple with a 1:19.033, but Hamilton is on track to go quicker...

23 Oct

Vettel and Kvyat both spin.

23 Oct

Hamilton and Latifi are giving is our first look at the soft tyre this weekend.

23 Oct

Vettel does a 1:19.936.

23 Oct

Gasly goes top with a 1:20.037.

23 Oct

Four drivers now out on medium tyres. The 2020 ones, just to be clear.

23 Oct

Right then, on to the relevant part of the session.

23 Oct

Bottas improves, while Leclerc moves up to P2. Five minutes of running on these tyres left.

23 Oct

Vettel almost flies right into the back of Latifi but just about hits the brakes in time.

23 Oct

Hamilton and Vettel both reporting that the tyres are pretty much done.

23 Oct

In case you're wondering, it's the prototype hard compound that is being tested.

23 Oct

Verstappen goes less than a tenth slower than the leader.

23 Oct

Bottas is currently top with a 1:22.024. Hamilton is in P2, a second down.

23 Oct

Sainz with the first spin of the afternoon. That didn't take long.

23 Oct

Therefore, whatever times we see won't have much relevance to this race weekend.

23 Oct

For the first 30 minutes, cars will be testing Pirelli 2021 prototype tyres.

23 Oct

We're up and running in FP2.

23 Oct

Unsurprisingly, given the field's lack of experience at the track, many were guilty of exceeding track limits this morning. Therefore, there were deleted lap times aplenty. Expect the same in FP2.

23 Oct

Ferrari headed to Portugal hoping upgrades would enable Leclerc and Vettel to fight for a spot on the third row, so the former's P4 finish in FP1 will be encouraging.

23 Oct

Despite the fact that the grid is at a brand new track, things were the same as usual in FP1. Bottas once again topped the first session of the weekend, and Hamilton and Verstappen once again joined him in the top three.

23 Oct

Hello and welcome to live coverage of FP2 of the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix! The session will begin in half an hour.
Practice 3
#
Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Pits
1
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:16.654
-
3
2
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
1:16.680
0.026
3
3
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
1:16.812
0.158
1
4
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:16.930
0.276
3
5
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
1:17.117
0.463
2
6
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
1:17.229
0.575
4
7
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
1:17.238
0.584
4
8
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
1:17.297
0.643
1
9
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
1:17.478
0.824
4
10
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
1:17.666
1.012
3
11
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
1:17.685
1.031
4
12
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
1:17.720
1.066
3
13
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:17.922
1.268
2
14
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:17.935
1.281
3
15
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
1:18.032
1.378
5
16
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
1:18.100
1.446
1
17
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
1:18.201
1.547
2
18
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:18.287
1.633
2
19
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
1:18.397
1.743
7
20
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
1:18.454
1.800
2

24 Oct

If that session is anything to go by, we could well see Verstappen take the fight to Hamilton and Bottas in qualifying - wouldn't that be great? Q1 will get underway at 14:00 local time, and we'll be here covering it from half an hour beforehand. See yo

24 Oct

The final FP3 order: P1 Bottas, P2 Hamilton, P3 Verstappen, P4 Gasly, P5 Albon, P6 Leclerc, P7 Sainz, P8 Perez, P9 Norris, P10 Ocon, P11 Vettel, P12 Kvyat, P13 Raikkonen, P14 Ricciardo, P15 Russell, P16 Stroll, P17 Giovinazzi, P18 Magnussen, P19 Latifi,

24 Oct

P4 for Gasly would have been impressive regardless, but it's made even more so by the fact that his car was on fire yesterday. Great work from the AlphaTauri team. Albon completes the top five.

24 Oct

Bottas makes it a clean sweep in practice by topping FP3, just ahead of Hamilton. Perhaps most interestingly though, Verstappen took P3 and was just over a tenth down on the Finn on medium tyres. The Mercedes drivers were on softs...

24 Oct

Still, no time lost for anyone as the session was about to end anyway.

24 Oct

We have a Red Flag right at the end of the session courtesy of a drain cover that has come loose.

24 Oct

Leclerc has just complained that he can hear Hamilton on his radio. Strange...

24 Oct

Issues for Ricciardo as he can't get his DRS working.

24 Oct

Lots of drivers struggling to warm tyres up. Expect them to have two out-laps in qualifying.

24 Oct

Norris the latest the have a time deleted. At this rate, qualifying is going to be interesting indeed...

24 Oct

Hamilton loses the rear and takes a trip through the gravel at Turn 8.

24 Oct

Bottas goes marginally quicker than his team-mate to take P1.

24 Oct

Verstappen has had his deleted for the same reason.

24 Oct

Albon briefly joins him in the top five before getting his lap-time deleted for going wide at Turn 1.

24 Oct

The Dutchman is on mediums and looking good. He's just gone purple by 0.021s

24 Oct

Verstappen goes P6. Everyone but his team-mate and the Racing Points has now set a time.

24 Oct

Gasly now takes it from the Ferrari.

24 Oct

Leclerc goes P2 on said tyre.

24 Oct

We're already seeing much more running of the soft tyre than we did yesterday.

24 Oct

Hamilton does a 1:16.931.

24 Oct

Bottas sets the first time of the day, a 1:17.888.

24 Oct

Right then; off we go.

24 Oct

With 10 minutes until green lights, we should warn you that, if you've had your breakfast, it may be best to avoid the onboard cameras. With such extreme elevation changes, it's stomach-turning stuff.

24 Oct

A major talking point in both sessions was track limits, with 125 lap times being deleted as a result of drivers exceeding them. They can't afford to make the same mistakes in qualifying, so will need to get a handle on things in FP3.

24 Oct

On the timing sheets, things were a bit more predictable. As always, Friday specialist Valtteri Bottas topped both sessions, while, in the first, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton joined him in the top three.

24 Oct

After a somewhat tame FP1 yesterday, there were incidents aplenty in the afternoon. First, Pierre Gasly's AlphaTauri rapidly set alight, bringing out fire extinguishers and a Red Flag. Then, another stoppage came not much later as Lance Stroll and Max Ve

24 Oct

Hello and welcome to live coverage of FP3 of the Portuguese Grand Prix! The session gets underway in half an hour.
Portuguese Grand Prix
Race Date:

25 Oct

No of Laps:
66
Length:
Lap Record:
Starting Grid
#
Team/Driver
1
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
2
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
3
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
4
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
5
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
6
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
7
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
8
Lando Norris
McLaren
9
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
10
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
11
Esteban Ocon
Renault
12
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
13
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
14
George Russell
Williams
15
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
16
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
17
Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Racing
18
Romain Grosjean
Haas
19
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
20
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
Season Schedule
Date
Grand Prix
Time

29 Nov

Bahrain Grand Prix

05:10 PM

06 Dec

Bahrain (Sakhir) Grand ...

07:10 PM

13 Dec

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

03:10 PM

Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
307
2
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
197
3
Max Verstappen Red Bull
170
4
Sergio Perez Racing Point
100
5
Charles Leclerc Ferrari
97
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Mercedes
504
2
Red Bull
240
3
Racing Point
154
Season Results
Grand Prix
Podium

02 Aug

British Grand Prix
1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Max Verstappen 3. Charles Leclerc

09 Aug

British (Anniversar...
1. Max Verstappen 2. Lewis Hamilton 3. Valtteri Bottas