Portuguese GP (2021)

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Raikkonen reveals his son teased him over F1 Portuguese GP crash

Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that he was teased by his son Robin over the crash that put him out of last weekend’s Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix.

Williams rear end issue hampered Russell’s Portimao F1 race

George Russell says his Williams Formula 1 team discovered an issue with his car that contributed to his struggles in the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Leclerc: Portimao qualifying shows I have a lot to learn

Charles Leclerc believes his performance in Formula 1 qualifying at Portimao last Saturday shows he still has “a lot to learn” despite receiving praise for his one-lap displays.

Verstappen's Portimao F1 errors not concerning Red Bull

Red Bull insists it has no concerns over Max Verstappen’s run of small errors that hurt his Formula 1 victory hopes in Portugal last weekend.

Haas to improve radio communication after Mazepin/Perez near-miss

Haas has vowed to improve communication with its drivers to warn them when they are about to be lapped, after Nikita Mazepin's latest error in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix.

Wolff may reconsider Bottas radio messages after pace ‘flatlined’

Toto Wolff says he may need to reconsider his in-race radio messages to Valtteri Bottas after the Mercedes Formula 1 driver's pace "flatlined" when catching Max Verstappen at Portimao.

Red Bull: Perez not used to disturb Hamilton in Portuguese GP

Red Bull insists its decision to extend Sergio Perez's tyre stint in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix was not because it wanted him to disturb race leader Lewis Hamilton.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Portuguese GP

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes showed steel in recovering from third to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Autosport assesses the weekend's major talking points, as hopes of redemption for Mercedes' number two were dashed, track limits again were a topic of debate and tension over budget cap sanctions emerged

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Russell: ‘Race of survival’ hardest for Williams since 2019

George Russell felt Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix was Williams’s most difficult Formula 1 race since 2019 as he struggled in windy conditions at Portimao, calling it a “race of survival”.

Sainz: Tyre graining cost possible top-five finish at Portimao

Carlos Sainz Jr believes a top-five finish was possible for Ferrari at Portimao had it not been for his unexpected Formula 1 tyre struggles that left him 11th.

Autosport Podcast: Recapping the F1 Portuguese GP

The early-season battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continued in Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix as the Formula 1 title contenders went wheel-to-wheel once again at the Portimao track.

Alonso: "Anger" over qualifying led to Portuguese GP charge

Fernando Alonso says his "anger" over struggling in qualifying led to his charge through the Formula 1 field at Portimao to finish eighth for Alpine.

Portuguese Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warmup. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

Wolff: "Exceptional" displays now Hamilton’s standard in F1

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes it “makes no sense” to discuss Lewis Hamilton’s “exceptional” Formula 1 performances, saying they are now his regular standard.

How Hamilton took a “completely different journey” to Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Sensor issue caused Bottas's power loss in Portugal F1 fight with Verstappen

Valtteri Bottas’s hopes of catching Max Verstappen for second in the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix were dashed by a sensor issue that caused his engine to enter safety mode.

Hamilton explains costly "split second" glance on F1 Portuguese GP restart

Lewis Hamilton says a “split second” glance checking Max Verstappen at Formula 1’s 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix restart let then-leader Valtteri Bottas escape and meant the Red Bull overtook him.

Raikkonen takes blame for F1 Portuguese GP crash with Giovinazzi

Kimi Raikkonen has taken responsibility for colliding with Alfa Romeo Formula 1 team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi in the Portuguese Grand Prix, explaining he was distracted changing switches on his steering wheel.

Marko: Now Red Bull has lost F1 win, fastest lap and pole to track limits

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes “something has to change” with Formula 1’s track limits system after Max Verstappen was denied a fastest lap bonus point at Portimao.

"Odd" track limits error costs Verstappen Portugal F1 fastest lap point

Max Verstappen called it “odd” to lose his Formula 1 fastest lap bonus point at Portimao, having incorrectly believed that track limits were not being monitored at Turn 14.

F1 Portuguese GP: Hamilton passes Verstappen and Bottas to win

Lewis Hamilton won Formula 1’s 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, the world champion passing both in the early stages before dominating to the finish.

F1 Portuguese GP Live Commentary and Updates - Race day

All of the action from the F1 Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao

Williams: F1 Q3 slots and points still not "inevitable"

Williams' head of vehicle performance Dave Robson has warned that reaching Q3 and Formula 1 points finishes are not "inevitable" for the team despite its strong recent form.

Williams rues lack of Norris tow in Russell's F1 Portuguese GP Q3 bid

The Williams Formula 1 team believes George Russell could have reached Portimao Q3 had he benefitted from a Lando Norris tow, but the McLaren pitted ahead of Q2’s closing laps.

How F1 tyre strategy differences could decide the Portuguese GP

A tyre choice split between Red Bull and Mercedes for the Portuguese Grand Prix has opened the way for a Formula 1 strategy thriller.

McLaren: Ricciardo's struggles exaggerated by low-grip F1 circuits

Daniel Ricciardo’s struggles at McLaren in the past two races have been exaggerated by the low-grip track surfaces, says his Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl.

Alonso: Alpine F1 car "much more alive" despite qualifying struggles

Fernando Alonso says Alpine’s A521 Formula 1 car felt “much more alive” at Portimao despite dropping out in Q2, with the team unsure why he lost so much performance.

Perez: Lack of confidence "a big killer" at Portimao

Sergio Perez felt disappointed after qualifying fourth for the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix on Saturday, saying a lack of confidence due to the track conditions was “a big killer”.

McLaren denies Norris held up Verstappen on purpose in qualifying

McLaren has denied any suggestion Lando Norris deliberately held up Max Verstappen in Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying to hinder the Red Bull Formula 1 driver in his battle with Mercedes.

Three F1 teams voted against sporting penalties for budget cap breaches

Toto Wolff has revealed that three teams voted against introducing sporting penalties for Formula 1 budget cap breaches.

Bottas work on 2021 qualifying "weak point" led to Portimao pole

Valtteri Bottas feels his efforts addressing a previous 2021 Formula 1 qualifying "weak point" in finding the new Pirelli tyres' best operating temperatures led to his Portuguese Grand Prix pole.

Russell "aiming for points" after qualifying 11th for Portuguese GP

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell says he has to be "aiming for points" in the Portuguese Grand Prix after qualifying 11th.

Ricciardo has no explanation for "grim" Portimao Q1 exit

A shocked Daniel Ricciardo said he had no proper explanation for finding himself in the 'grim' situation of being knocked out in Q1 for the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix.

F1 Portuguese Grand Prix - Start time, how to watch, & more

Valtteri Bottas denied Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton a 100th career Formula 1 pole with top spot in qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix. Here's how and when you can watch the race.

Verstappen frustrated by Vettel traffic in F1 Portugal qualifying

Max Verstappen felt frustrated after believing he was held up by Sebastian Vettel at the end of Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying, leaving him third on the grid.

Hamilton rues "messy" Portuguese GP qualifying after missing 100th F1 pole

Lewis Hamilton was left ruing a “messy” qualifying session for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Saturday after missing out on his 100th Formula 1 pole position.

F1 Portuguese GP: Bottas beats Hamilton to pole position by 0.007s

Valtteri Bottas denied Lewis Hamilton a 100th Formula 1 career pole as the Finn topped qualifying for the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix with Max Verstappen third for Red Bull.

Ricciardo driving style tweak aiding Portuguese GP improvement

Daniel Ricciardo says a tweak to his driving style that he’s tried out in McLaren’s Formula 1 simulator has helped him unlock more performance at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

F1 Portuguese GP: Verstappen beats Hamilton to top spot in FP3

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen set the fastest time in final practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix, outpacing Friday pacesetters Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull "very brave" to develop own F1 engine - Brown

Red Bull's decision to run its own Formula 1 engine programme has been labelled as 'very, very brave' by McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

F1 Portuguese GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP3 & Qualifying

Live text commentary of all the action from the Portuguese Grand Prix's FP3 and qualifying sessions at Portimao

Alpine: Windtunnel issues cost us weeks of development time

The Alpine Formula 1 team says the windtunnel problems it experienced over the winter cost it several weeks of development time – which translated in to lost tenths of a second per lap.

The aero revamp that Red Bull has unleashed in Portugal

Red Bull has shown no signs of easing off in its Formula 1 development push, as it brought a raft of upgrades to its RB16B for the fight against Mercedes in Portugal.

The data that leaves both Red Bull and Mercedes uncertain of supremacy at Portimao

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying

Ilott explains "wobbly" helmet buffeting during F1 practice debut

Callum Ilott found helmet buffeting at high speed “a bit uncomfortable” and “wobbly” during Formula 1 practice at Portimao, but felt “very happy” with his debut for Alfa Romeo.

Alpine "in a position to fight" after improved practice at Portimao

Esteban Ocon believes Alpine is in "a position to fight" at the front of the Formula 1 midfield after a strong performance in Friday's practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Verstappen: 'Super slippery' Portimao track not enjoyable in F1 car

Max Verstappen says he found the Portimao track conditions "super slippery" and "not very enjoyable to drive" during Formula 1 practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Friday.

F1 Portuguese GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

Lewis Hamilton topped Friday's second practice session for Mercedes ahead of the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.

F1 Portuguese GP: Hamilton tops FP2 ahead of Verstappen

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in second practice for Formula 1’s 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

F1 Portuguese GP: Bottas fastest from Verstappen in opening practice

Valtteri Bottas topped FP1 for Formula 1’s 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix by 0.025s over Max Verstappen, who finished second despite complaining of vibrations impacting his vision on his fastest lap.

F1 Portuguese GP Live Commentary and Updates - FP1 & FP2

Live text commentary of all the action from the Portuguese Grand Prix's FP1 and FP2 sessions at Portimao

Russell: No rules of engagement in fighting Mercedes drivers

George Russell insists Mercedes has not established “rules of engagement” he must follow if fighting its works cars, after his crash with Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1’s 2021 Imola race. 

Russell: Actions after Imola Bottas crash "very poor judgement"

Williams driver George Russell has called his actions in remonstrating with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas immediately after their crash in the 2021 Imola Formula 1 race “very poor judgement”.