- 1 Race results. F1 Portimao GP 2021.
- 2 Another fight Hamilton-Verstappen at the F1 2021 Portuguese GP.
- 3 Analysis of the race: Portugal GP 2021.
- 4 The pace and lap times on the second stint of Portimao GP 2021.
- 5 Is F1 Mercedes better than Red Bull?
- 6 Perez not pitted early beacuse of fastest lap.
- 7 Race schedule and preview of F1 2021 Monaco GP. “Red Bull wing too flexible”
- 8 Race analysis – F1 2021 Portugal GP
- 9 F1 Spanish GP 2021, race preview and start time
- 10 Ferrari suffered medium tyre in 2021 F1 Portimao GP.
Another fight Hamilton-Verstappen at the F1 2021 Portuguese GP.
Hamilton 2, Verstappen 1. It was a victory of strength that of the reigning world champion who, after losing the pole by only 7 thousandths, went on to take the 97th victory of his career, bringing the advantage in the standings over Verstappen to 8 points. The Dutch driver was still the author of a positive race, as he managed to keep the other Mercedes of Bottas behind. Fourth Perez who, race after race, is becoming familiar with his new car. The “Gp of the others” was won, once again, by Norris’ McLaren who managed to precede Leclerc’s Ferrari.
Analysis of the race: Portugal GP 2021.
Hamilton was good at recovering and lap after lap built his win. On lap 11 he took advantage of Verstappen’s mistake to recover the second position and, 9 laps later, he attacked Bottas climbing over him on the main straight. Going in the lead, he opened the gap with Bottas and Verstappen and this gap helped him manage the pit stop in the best possible way. If we analyze the individual stints we can see that the difference in pace between Red Bull and Mercedes was really negligible and therefore great credit must be given to Hamilton who managed to make the difference on Verstappen and Bottas.
The pace and lap times on the second stint of Portimao GP 2021.
At the start of the second stint, Verstappen, taking advantage of Bottas’ still cold tires, managed to overtake him but did not have the pace to put pressure on Hamilton. Observing the pace we can see the great balance that was also present in this second phase of the race. Bottas, among the top 3, was the slowest but this is also due to a problem with a sensor that made him lose power. Without this drawback the Finn’s pace was similar to that of Hamilton and Verstappen.
Is F1 Mercedes better than Red Bull?
Mercedes, compared to Bahrain, has certainly grown in terms of performance despite the fact that there have not yet been any large aerodynamic packages unlike Red Bull which had introduced several improvements on this track. Mercedes’ leap forward is mainly due to a better understanding of the tires which has allowed a rapprochement with Red Bull.
Perez used to disturb Hamilton in Portuguese GP? Red Bull says no.
While team-mate Max Verstappen was pitted on lap 35 in a bid to try to jump the Mercedes duo he was fighting, Perez was kept out much longer in the lead of the race. Despite being much slower than the cars on fresh rubber, he stayed out until lap 51 – which was straight after Hamilton had overtaken him.
Perez not pitted early beacuse of fastest lap.
But while it appeared that one of the main motivations for keeping Perez out would have been to potentially hinder Hamilton in his battle with Verstappen, Red Bull says its primary focus was actually on unleashing Perez to try to get the fastest lap.
Team boss Christian Horner explained: “It was more focused on wanting to get to the soft tyre to have a crack at that point for the fastest lap.
“That’s why we went that long. The soft tyre didn’t have a lot of range, and of course if you abuse it over a single lap it makes it a little bit more marginal.
Max got his fastest lap cancelled.
Perez was briefly able to grab the fastest lap, but the subsequent drop off in pace meant he fell away from third placed Valtteri Bottas, who was then able to pit in the closing stages to go for fastest lap himself.
The timing of Bottas’ stop gave Red Bull a window to then pit Verstappen, who did manage to set the fastest lap before the time was deleted for him breaching track limits.
Ferrari suffered medium tyre in 2021 F1 Portimao GP.
Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto explained after the race that the team could see how much graining was impacting Sainz during his second stint, prompting the call to allow Leclerc to pass. Leclerc went on to finish the race in sixth place, five seconds behind midfield leader Norris.
Binotto called for swap position.
“Swapping positions is something that we would like to avoid, things that are normally aren’t great, but sometimes maybe necessary,” Binotto said.
“Today, we felt it was because of different pace, and we could see that Carlos was suffering with the graining of the medium. We asked to him, he did it immediately.
Carlos Sainz and the struggle with the Medium compound in 2021 Portugal GP.
“We struggled a lot with the mediums, and we need to still understand why we were so prone to graining on that medium tyre, why the combination of the medium with our car was just not working well today.
“In hindsight, for sure we would have done things very differently, but with the data we had available before the race, we thought that a soft/medium strategy was going to be OK, and it clearly wasn’t.