Lewis Hamilton made Formula 1 history by scoring the 92nd victory of his career in a lively Portuguese Grand Prix.Michael Schumacher has held since 2001.
The race got off to a lively start as a sprinkling of rain in the opening laps made conditions treacherous. The drivers who started on the soft tyres enjoyed the benefit of their quicker warm-up than those on the mediums.
Max Verstappen got in among the Mercedes drivers but ran wide at turn three and was re-passed for second place by Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton then lost the lead to his team mate.
But the soft-tyred McLaren drivers then caught the pair of them. Carlos Sainz Jnr dodged his way through into the lead, while Norris briefly held third behind Bottas. However once the track began to dry the McLarens slipped back, and the Mercedes pair resumed the lead, stretching ahead of Verstappen.
Hamilton retook the lead from Bottas halfway through his first stint and never looked likely to be headed from that point on, despite reporting cramp late in the race. Bottas collected second having found little grip when he returned to the track following his sole pit stop. Verstappen was unable to catch the Mercedes drivers and came in third ahead of Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari driver fighting back after losing ground on the first lap.
Sergio Perez made a fine recovery drive to hold fifth place in the final laps after being knocked into a spin by Verstappen on lap one. But he suffered tyre graining late on the race and was passed by Pierre Gasly and Sainz over the final two laps, leaving him seventh.
Having run a very long first stint, Esteban Ocon emerged from his belated pit stop ahead of Daniel Ricciado, and the Renault drivers finished in that order. Behind them Sebastian Vettel beat Kimi Raikkonen to the final point, while Alexander Albon struggled to 12th.
An unhappy Lando Norris took 13th after running in the top three early on. He was judged the victim in a collision with Lance Stroll which left both drivers with damage. Stroll became the race’s only retirement after dropping to last place.
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2020 Portuguese Grand Prix reaction
- Norris: ‘Hamilton’s car should win every race, he only has to beat two drivers’
- Racing Point expect better performance from Stroll at Imola after troubled return
- Everyone knows Hamilton is quick but his strength is his consistency – Verstappen
- Hamilton’s recording-breaking Algarve win was ‘new-version Lewis at his best’
- F1 drivers told no changes to penalty points for track limits this year
- Late-race leg cramp was “excruciating” – Hamilton
- ‘Dad would be proud of my rally skills’ says Sainz after taking lead at start
- Racing Point will complain over second “harsh” reprimand for Perez
- Vettel trusts Ferrari gives him same car specification as Leclerc
- Perez collects second reprimand for another incident with Gasly
- Norris says Stroll’s second turn one crash shows “he doesn’t learn from anything he does”
- Red Bull won’t replace Albon before end of season
- Bottas doesn’t understand why he didn’t have the pace to beat Hamilton
- Hamilton says he “could only have dreamed” of becoming F1’s most successful driver
- Stroll handed three penalty points for Norris clash and violating track limits