Ebene Magazine – Lewis Hamilton paints another F1 masterpiece in Portugal

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While everyone around Lewis Hamilton tries to keep up with the seven-time Formula 1 champion on a high-speed tightrope walk, Hamilton just keeps winning.

Hamilton handed in his last masterpiece in Portimao, Portugal on Sunday and won the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal for his 97th career win and the second in three attempts in 2021. For the second time this season, Hamilton proved that no pole was no problem in securing the win.

Am On Sunday, Hamilton started second behind Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton even fell behind Max Verstappen and finished third after a rolling restart at the start of the race. Don’t be afraid, Hamilton made up for his own mistake at the restart to overtake Verstappen first and then Bottas on the way to victory.

Hamilton left Portugal eight points ahead of Verstappen in the overall standings. McLaren’s Lando Norris, who finished fifth in Portugal, is in third place in the overall standings by 32 points – more than a full race with points in the rearview mirror.

Bottas, who won the last Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna in Italy Last time he was out, he is five points behind Norris and 37 points behind Hamilton.

And as if the competition should hear this, Hamilton is hungrier than ever. It’s like the sudden challenge from Red Bull and Verstappen gave Hamilton the opportunity to focus again on what turns out to be what is the twilight of an all-time great career.

« Yeah, very excited and motivated – I think we are all as a team – in the fight against Red Bull, « said Hamilton after the win on Sunday. « I think this weekend I feel like Red Bull lost a bit of performance because I don’t think we improved, but from the last race (Verstappen won in Italy) to here, I think they are got one step closer to us this weekend for whatever reason.

« But that’s great, that’s what we all live for, we live and breathe to get up and fight and try to do the smallest thing to To be able to fight a great competitor. « 

The competition hoping that Hamilton will lose his lead or that Father Time will catch up with him is out of luck. Hamilton is trying to be the first Formula 1 champion to win over Has been 35 since Damon Hill won the title at the age of 36 in 1996. The great Michael Schumacher scored his record-breaking seventh and final F1 championship in 2004 at the age of 35.

In February, Hamilton announced that he was one Had signed a one-year contract for the race with Mercedes in 2021. Last weekend, Hamilton spoke in Portugal like a man who had no plans to leave anytime soon. He announced this weekend that he had even broken his own unwritten rule and that he had agreed to take part in the Pirelli tire test after the last race weekend in Imola.

Again, he didn’t sound like a driver going through the motions or planning to head into the sunset after this year’s run at F1 Championship # 8.

« I plan to be here next year and I want to help Pirelli make a better product, « said Hamilton. « The drivers wanted a more powerful tire. So it was important to see where the starting point is and what differences I can fix so that we have more mechanical grip and less deterioration. »

« I’m pretty spontaneous, so that could always change, « said Hamilton. « I’m enjoying this fight we’re having. It’s going to be more exciting. It was an even bigger challenge. »

It sure doesn’t look like a challenge the way Hamilton is doing this season. He has three wins out of 100. Sebastian Vettel is next on the list of active victories at 53.

Among the competitors in 2021, Verstappen, who is believed to be Hamilton’s closest rival on the track this season, has eleven wins. Mercedes teammate Bottas, who draws from the same resource pool as Hamilton, has nine.

« I don’t think any of us here have the illusion of how hard it is for us, how close the fight is and how we’re all in Giving our daily lives absolutely everything to be well prepared and deliver on the weekends. ”Hamilton said. « The pressure between all of us is immense and I think the three of us and of course the other drivers here have a lot of respect as well.

 » Of course it’s always great when you have a race like today in which you do the Track and overtake and take advantage of small margins and gaps that you have, but at the same time consider rebooting. Max pulled absolutely everything out of the Red Bull and gave us a great run for our money so I think it will be like this for the rest of the season, which I can think is incredibly exciting. « 

The last person not named Lewis Hamilton to win the F1 title is Nico Rosberg, who won the title in 2016 and promptly retired from the sport five days later. Rosberg was a guest analyst for the TV broadcast on Sunday and said that Verstappen – and the rest of the field too – received another test on Sunday to see how good Hamilton is.

« Yeah, I don’t need Nico to realize how good Lewis is is, « said Verstappen. » I know he’s very good, otherwise you won’t win so many championships.
Ebene Magazine – Lewis Hamilton paints another F1 masterpiece in Portugal

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