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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 2nd position, congratulates Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1st position, in Parc Ferme
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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

“It was a completely different journey to get the result we just got.”

That was Lewis Hamilton’s assessment of his 97th Formula 1 career victory at the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. But, really, his triumph at the Algarve Circuit last weekend did bear some noticeable similarities to his win at the same track last October.

In both races Hamilton fell behind his key rival, and he also had to make vital passes to secure the lead in each event. The difference this time around, though, is that things simply mattered more in terms of the title fight when F1 arrived in Portugal.

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