Sports Desk, May 2 (EFE).- Lewis Hamilton extended his lead in the Formula One drivers’ championship with an impressive win in the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao on Sunday.
The reigning world champion, who is looking for a record-breaking 8th world title having won the last six seasons in a row, overcame a difficult start to eventually cruise to victory after a pair of brilliant overtakes.
He started in second place behind teammate Valtteri Bottas, and lost his position to Verstappen at the restart following a safety car that came out after an incident that ended Kimi Raikkonen’s race.
But Hamilton soon regained his starting position from the Dutchman after capitalizing on a slip up from the Red Bull driver, before stealing the lead from his teammate with a terrific move around the outside with a third of the race run.
Hamilton soon started to pull away from the pack, setting consecutive two fastest laps of the race, while Bottas struggled to hold onto second with Verstappen’s Red Bull breathing down his neck.
The Dutchman soon passed the Finn, although Bottas did manage to salvage his day by posting the fastest lap at the close of the race.
“That was such a tough race, physically and mentally, keeping everything together,” Hamilton said.
“I didn’t quite get as good a start as Valtteri and then lost out at the restart which was not good.
“I had to try and reposition myself best I could, I think Max made a mistake at some point and that was perfect.” EFE