Portuguese Grand Prix: A dominant victory, mistakes galore and a gripping midfield war

Another day, another win for Sir Lewis Hamilton, who barely broke a sweat. Max Verstappen made multiple mistakes, and Hamilton punished every single one and pipped him to pole.

The icing on the cake was Hamilton blitzing past the Dutchman and overtaking him down the pit straight. In addition to Max, teammate Valtteri Bottas being a non-factor aided Hamilton in clinching his 97th F1 victory.

The best of the rest saw Lando Norris continue his hot streak of consistency. He is having a sensational season, giving new signing Daniel Ricciardo a good run for his money.

Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso rolled back the years with a stupefying few laps, where he was driving at Hamilton levels of pace. He could have easily passed Esteban Ocon and Charles LeClerc with his pace, but ran out of laps. It wouldn’t bother the legend too much, with his home GP Barcelona coming up.

Carlos Sainz was nowhere near the points, and rightfully so. There is only so much a talented driver can do when the team strategy is abysmal. Speaking of abysmal, Pirelli deserve some stick for bringing tyres harder than last season. It made for a soul-sapping watch, and the outcome was all too predictable.

At least Lawrence Stroll provided the keen F1 fan with something to chuckle about. After splashing the cash on Aston Martin, both his golden signing and his son finished P13 and P14 respectively. A lap down.

The embarrassing result would surely mean more tensions between Aston Martin and the FIA for their alleged biased regulations.

The other talking point of the race was when only seven drivers joined Lewis Hamilton in taking the knee. Clearly Europeans don’t have the faintest clue about the act.

In a few days, F1 heads to Barcelona, a place where firecrackers are always in store. Portugal was a largely forgettable race, but it doesn’t matter. Life comes at you fast, and so will the next race.

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