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Nico Rosberg’s Portuguese GP verdict after Lewis Hamilton increases lead over Max Verstappen


“He has to do whatever is perfect to beat him in the championship and right now it’s two to one against Lewis,” said Nico Rosberg after Hamilton won Portimao; Hamilton admits his mistakes let Verstappen pass in the restart, before bouncing back to No. 1; Red Bull happy to split Merc

Last updated: 02/05/21 18:33 pm



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Sky F1’s Nico Rosberg explains why Max Verstappen can’t afford to make mistakes in his title battle with Lewis Hamilton.

Sky F1’s Nico Rosberg explains why Max Verstappen can’t afford to make mistakes in his title battle with Lewis Hamilton.

Nico Rosberg believes Max Verstappen “is starting to understand better how good Lewis Hamilton is” after losing to the Mercedes driver at the Portuguese GP.

Hamilton took third place behind Verstappen and first race leader Valtteri Bottas on restarting the seventh lap in a dominant first place after passing his two main rivals.

Hamilton, who started second, was passed by Verstappen after the start of the Safety Car, but took advantage of a small mistake by rival Red Bull to position his Mercedes and come back four laps later.

He then caught up and passed Bottas with a move around the outside in the first corner on lap 20, a move that led him to walk away to a 97th career victory.

“What a phenomenal race for Lewis,” said Rosberg, Hamilton’s former teammate and title rival on Sky Sports F1.

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Karun Chandhok was at SkyPad to analyze all of Hamilton and Verstappen’s top overtaking actions

Karun Chandhok was at SkyPad to analyze all of Hamilton and Verstappen’s top overtaking actions

“I’m a little amused as Max Verstappen is starting to understand more and more how good Lewis Hamilton is.

“He has to do whatever is perfect to beat him in the championship and right now it’s two to one against Lewis.”

How Hamilton turned the tide on rivals in Portimao

Round 1

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Bottas leads the top three in formation from the start, Hamilton edging Verstappen’s Red Bull in second.

Bottas leads the top three in formation from the start, Hamilton edging Verstappen’s Red Bull in second.

Round 7

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After Bottas controlled the field in the pit straight as the race resumed after the safety car triggered by Kimi Raikkonen, Verstappen got a great run over Hamilton and swept the Mercedes for second from the first corner.

After Bottas controlled the field in the pit straight as the race resumed after the safety car triggered by Kimi Raikkonen, Verstappen got a great run over Hamilton and swept the Mercedes for second from the first corner.

Round 11

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A small mistake by Verstappen at the end of the previous lap puts Hamilton back on its tail and the Mercedes reclaims second place

A small mistake by Verstappen at the end of the previous lap puts Hamilton back on its tail and the Mercedes reclaims second place

Round 20

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It’s the first time leading the race for Hamilton with a big blow to his teammate after shaking sister Mercedes

It’s the first time leading the race for Hamilton with a big blow to his teammate after shaking sister Mercedes

Hamilton reveals his own mistakes in ‘brilliant’ race

Pointing out how even small slips are punished in what turns into a fierce fight for supremacy between F1’s top two teams, Hamilton said two mistakes on his part contributed to losing to Verstappen in the restart.

“What a race! It was awesome,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

“At the start, I obviously put pressure on Valtteri, very difficult to pass, but I thought I was going to have him.

“Then we had the Safety Car and I did everything to keep the temperatures in the tires right but on restart I literally took my eyes off Valtteri for a second to see where Max was and Valtteri was gone.

“So it was a mistake.

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Lewis Hamilton gave us a glimpse of how he won the Portuguese Grand Prix after briefly passing third behind his two main rivals.

Lewis Hamilton gave us a glimpse of how he won the Portuguese Grand Prix after briefly passing third behind his two main rivals.

“Then another mistake was that I was behind Valtteri and should have just stayed there. But instead I moved and gave Max the tow and he walked past me.

“So that made my day a little harder but a lot more enjoyable to fight these guys. There was a point where I pulled away from them but gradually I got closer and just waited for the right moment. It happened when Max made a mistake and then I just had to make sure you got the chance. “

Red Bull ‘will always leave with a lot of confidence’

Red Bull boss Christian Horner said they would “definitely take” the Mercedes share on the podium after starting behind them in second place.

And while unable to keep up with Verstappen’s brilliant victory at Imola a fortnight ago with another success here, Sky F1’s Paul Di Resta agrees the challengers will be far from disheartened.

“I can think of any of the tracks until the summer break, it was the one that was going to suit Mercedes,” said Di Resta of Portimao. “The conditions are fine for them, it’s cool, and I would have predicted that they would have a bigger advantage.

“So I think Red Bull will leave here with a lot of confidence. When they start to warm up and they go up to tracks where it depends a little more on the mechanical grip of the car, they will come to life. . “

After Mercedes belatedly pitted third-placed Bottas for a fastest lap bonus point attempt on cooler tires, Red Bull did the same with Verstappen – and the Dutchman won on the last lap, for soon to remove the effort for a limit track. turn four violation.

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Max Verstappen felt he was doing all he could to chase Lewis Hamilton, but lacked the pace to overtake the Mercedes.

Max Verstappen felt he was doing all he could to chase Lewis Hamilton, but lacked the pace to overtake the Mercedes.

But Horner played down minor slips from his star driver after a similar track limited the elimination in qualifying.

“Track limits are a bone of contention, aren’t they, and the consistency of their application,” Horner told Sky F1.

“This championship will be for all the misfits. It’s still at an early stage. We saw Lewis yelling a mistake last weekend (at Imola) saying he escaped with the red flag and so on. following, these things happen.

“But I think Max drives the wheels of the car and it’s great, super tight between them.”

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