Sports Desk, Oct 25 (efe-epa).- Lewis Hamilton won the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday and became the most successful driver in history in terms of career wins with 92, nudging past Michael Schumacher’s record.
The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line Portimao 25 seconds ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas and tightens his grip on this year’s world championship — which would be his seventh. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completed the podium
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen got the race off to an electric start, climbing 10 places from 16th as a few drops of rain began to fall at the Algarve International Circuit.
Bottas passed Hamilton and then was himself pipped by the McLaren of Carlos Sainz.
Sainz set the pace until lap 6 when he began to drop places once the tires on the two Mercedes warmed up.
The circuit’s notoriously tight curves did not prevent the drivers from attacking and overtaking, which was constant.
But as had happened in the practice sessions, several drivers were warned — and sanctioned — for going off the track.
Lance Stroll of Racing Point got hit with a five-point deduction for trying to overtake the McLaren of Lando Norris around the outside. The Racing Point span off the track.
Hamilton managed to claw back the lead from Bottas by lap 20, the Finn letting him pass on a straight.
Sergio Pérez pushed his Racing Point to recover positions and finished ahead of Sainz, who was sixth by the race’s end.