Portuguese Gp Report - Hamilton breaks Schumacher's record with 92nd win

The top three finishing with Lewis Hamilton winning the Portuguese GP, closely followed by fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, with Max Verstappen picking up third place in the Red Bull.

Early stages 

However the race was anything but smooth in the opening laps for the eventual winners. All three started on the medium compound tyre, which struggled in the opening laps. By the start of lap two, the two Mclaren's of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris were running in 1st and 3rd, having overtaken the 'usual suspects' out in front.

Verstappen had a few more issues than most. Coming into the blind turn three, after being pushed wide on the exit of turn two, the Dutchman collided with Sergio Perez, spinning the Racing Point onto the opposite side of the track, and leaving him stricken in last place.

One man who came out of no where at the start was Kimi Raikkonen, who managed to take his Alfa Romeo from 17th place at the start to the top ten within the first lap.

Unfortunately for the soft tyre runners, the medium tyres came back into favor in the laps following the start, with the McLaren of Sainz falling back down the grid on lap 6.

First corner drama 

One of the Mclaren's was caught up in some action on lap 18, with Norris battling for seventh position with Lance Stroll in the Racing Point. The two were side by side going into the tight turn one, as the pair collided, resulting in both drivers losing some body work and places.

Norris had some choice words for the Canadian driver immediately after the incident, and despite apologizing on the radio after the race, continued to talk about the incident in the post race interview.

The young Brit hinted that Stroll had 'Not learned from Friday' in reference to the collision between the Stroll and Verstappen in FP1.

The incident resulted in Stroll retiring from the race, with the reason sited being in order to save parts for future Gp's. Whereas Norris continued and finished outside the top 10 in 13th position.

Drive of the day contenders and troubling times

From the midpoint of the race the top three had been decided and the bulk of the action was provided by the midfield. After rejoining the race in dead last, Perez had started to climb the order by the time the pitstops came around, with him challenging his former Force India teammate Esteban Ocon for 5th place.

The resurgent drive would go on to let the Mexican claim the 'Driver of the Day' title, and with such impressive performances from drivers around him, it will certainly be one to remember, despite finishing the race in seventh place.

A man who could also stake a claim to that title was Pierre Gasly in the Alpha Tauri, who stormed the field after a lackluster Saturday to finish in 5th position, behind Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari. One member of the Red Bull family had a weekend to forget however, especially in the context in the race for his seat.

Alex Albon finished the race in 12th position, having been lapped by his teammate and finishing behind Raikkonen. The Thai driver will need to have a massive few races to help stake his claim to the second Red Bull drive, with drivers also being linked to the Alpha Tauri drive too, such as Carlin's Yuki Tsunoda.

On the whole the race belonged to Lewis Hamilton, achieving something that no other driver has done before, more the likely he will be targeting 100 wins by seasons end and then after that, who knows.

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