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Verstappen's Portimao F1 errors not concerning Red Bull Portuguese GP
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Verstappen's Portimao F1 errors not concerning Red Bull

Red Bull insists it has no concerns over Max Verstappen’s run of small errors that hurt his Formula 1 victory hopes in Portugal last weekend.

Leclerc: Portimao qualifying shows I have a lot to learn

Charles Leclerc believes his performance in Formula 1 qualifying at Portimao last Saturday shows he still has “a lot to learn” despite receiving praise for his one-lap displays.

Haas vows to improve communication after Mazepin/Perez near-miss

Haas has vowed to improve communication with its drivers to warn them when they are about to be lapped, after Nikita Mazepin's latest error in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix.

Wolff may reconsider Bottas radio messages after pace 'flatlined'

Toto Wolff says he may need to reconsider his in-race radio messages to Valtteri Bottas after the Mercedes Formula 1 driver's pace "flatlined" when chasing Max Verstappen at Portimao.

Sainz: Tyre graining cost possible top-five finish at Portimao

Carlos Sainz believes a top-five finish was possible for Ferrari at Portimao had it not been for his unexpected Formula 1 tyre struggles that left him 11th.

Wolff: "Exceptional" displays now Hamilton's standard in F1

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff believes it “makes no sense” to discuss Lewis Hamilton’s “exceptional” Formula 1 performances, saying they are now his regular standard.

Alonso: "Anger" over qualifying led to Portimao charge

Fernando Alonso says his "anger" over struggling in qualifying led to his charge through the Formula 1 field at Portimao to finish eighth for Alpine.

10 things we learned from F1's 2021 Portuguese GP

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes showed steel in recovering from third to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Autosport assesses the weekend's major talking points, as hopes of redemption for Mercedes' number two were dashed, track limits again were a topic of debate and tension over budget cap sanctions emerged

Red Bull: Perez not used to disturb Hamilton at Portimao Portuguese GP
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Red Bull: Perez not used to disturb Hamilton at Portimao

Red Bull insists its decision to extend Sergio Perez's tyre stint in Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix was not because it wanted him to disturb race winner Lewis Hamilton.

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim 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

Sensor issue caused Bottas's power loss in Portuguese GP

Valtteri Bottas's hopes of catching Max Verstappen for second in the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix were dashed by a sensor issue that caused his engine to enter safety mode.

Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen in Portugal

Lewis Hamilton passed title rivals Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas to win the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao for Mercedes on Sunday, the third race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Raikkonen takes blame for Portimao crash with Giovinazzi

Kimi Raikkonen has taken responsibility for colliding with Alfa Romeo Formula 1 teammate Antonio Giovinazzi in the Portuguese Grand Prix, explaining he was distracted changing switches on his steering wheel.

Verstappen: Losing point for fastest lap was "odd" Portuguese GP
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Verstappen: Losing point for fastest lap was "odd"

Max Verstappen called it “odd” to lose his Formula 1 fastest lap bonus point at Portimao, having incorrectly believed that track limits were not being monitored at Turn 14.

Hamilton explains costly "split-second" glance at restart

Lewis Hamilton says a “split second” glance checking Max Verstappen at Formula 1’s 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix restart let then-leader Valtteri Bottas escape and meant the Red Bull overtook him.

Marko says "something has to change" on F1 track limits

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko believes "something has to change" with Formula 1's track limits system after Max Verstappen was denied a fastest lap bonus point at Portimao.

Portuguese GP: Hamilton passes Verstappen, Bottas to win Portuguese GP
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Portuguese GP: Hamilton passes Verstappen, Bottas to win

Lewis Hamilton won Formula 1's 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, the world champion passing both in the early stages before dominating to the finish.

The Portuguese GP as it happened

All of the action from the F1 Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao

Vettel: Aston Martin "cannot be too greedy" in Portugal

Sebastian Vettel says that the Aston Martin Formula 1 team “cannot get too greedy” after logging his best qualifying performance of the season in Portugal.

Williams: Q3 slots and points still not "inevitable"

Williams' head of vehicle performance Dave Robson has warned that reaching Q3 and Formula 1 points finishes are not "inevitable" for the team despite its strong recent form.

How tyre choice split could decide the Portuguese GP

A tyre choice split between Red Bull and Mercedes for the Portuguese Grand Prix has opened the way for a Formula 1 strategy thriller.

McLaren: Ricciardo's struggles exaggerated by low-grip circuits

Daniel Ricciardo’s struggles at McLaren in the last two races have been exaggerated by the low-grip track surfaces, says his Formula 1 team boss Andreas Seidl.

Alonso: Alpine car "much more alive" despite qualifying struggles

Fernando Alonso says Alpine’s A521 Formula 1 car felt “much more alive” at Portimao despite dropping out in Q2, with the team unsure why he lost so much performance.

Perez: Lack of confidence "a big killer" at Portimao

Sergio Perez felt disappointed after qualifying fourth for the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix on Saturday, saying a lack of confidence due to the track conditions was “a big killer”.

Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix – How to watch, start time & more

Formula 1 travels to Portimao this weekend for the third round of the 2021 season. Here's how you can watch the Portuguese Grand Prix in your country.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Bottas takes F1 pole in Portugal Portuguese GP
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Grand Prix qualifying results: Bottas takes F1 pole in Portugal

Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao for Mercedes on Saturday, the third round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Verstappen thought he could replicate deleted laptime

Max Verstappen believes he was held up by Sebastian Vettel at the end of Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying, leaving him third on the grid.

Bottas says work addressing tyres "weak point" led to pole

Valtteri Bottas feels his efforts addressing a previous 2021 Formula 1 qualifying "weak point" in finding the new Pirelli tyres' best operating temperatures led to his Portuguese Grand Prix pole.

Russell: Williams has "to be aiming for points" from 11th

Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell says he has to be aiming for points in Portugal after qualifying a superb 11th.

Ricciardo in "a little bit of shock" after "grim" Q1 exit

A shocked Daniel Ricciardo said he had no proper explanation for finding himself in the "grim" situation of being knocked out in Q1 for Formula 1's Portuguese Grand Prix.

Three teams against sporting penalties for budget cap breaches

Toto Wolff has revealed that three teams voted against introducing sporting penalties for Formula 1 budget cap breaches.

Hamilton "only had one good lap" in "messy" Portimao qualifying

Lewis Hamilton was left ruing a "messy" qualifying session for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Saturday after missing out on his 100th Formula 1 pole position.

McLaren denies Norris held up Verstappen on purpose in Q3

McLaren has denied any suggestion that Lando Norris deliberately held up Max Verstappen in Portuguese GP qualifying a bid to hinder the Red Bull driver in his battle with Mercedes.

Portuguese GP: Bottas denies Hamilton pole by 0.007s Portuguese GP
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Portuguese GP: Bottas denies Hamilton pole by 0.007s

Valtteri Bottas denied Lewis Hamilton a 100th Formula 1 career pole as the Finn topped qualifying for the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix with Max Verstappen third for Red Bull.

Portuguese GP qualifying as it happened

Live text commentary of all the action from the Portuguese Grand Prix's FP3 and qualifying sessions at Portimao

Portuguese GP: Verstappen outpaces Mercedes duo in FP3

Red Bull's Max Verstappen set the fastest time in final practice for Formula 1's 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix, outpacing Friday pacesetters Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull "very brave" to develop own F1 engine - Brown

Red Bull's decision to run its own Formula 1 engine programme has been labelled as 'very, very brave' by McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

Ricciardo tried new driving style in F1 sim before Portugal

Daniel Ricciardo says a tweak to his driving style that he’s tried out in McLaren’s Formula 1 simulator has helped him unlock more performance at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix.

Alpine: Wind tunnel issues cost us weeks of development time

The Alpine Formula 1 team says the wind tunnel problems it experienced over the winter cost it several weeks of development time – which translated in to lost tenths of a second per lap.

The aero revamp that Red Bull has unleashed in Portugal

Red Bull has shown no signs of easing off in its Formula 1 development push, as it brought a raft of upgrades to its RB16B for the fight against Mercedes in Portugal.

The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying.

Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel

Portimao is hosting the second round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this weekend. Here's how you can watch qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix on May 1st in your country.

Grand Prix practice results: Bottas, Hamilton fastest at Portimao

Valtteri Bottas set the fastest overall time on the opening day of Portuguese Grand Prix practice at Portimao for Mercedes on Friday, the third round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Verstappen: "Super slippery" track not enjoyable to drive Portuguese GP
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Verstappen: "Super slippery" track not enjoyable to drive

Max Verstappen says he found the Portimao track conditions "super slippery" and "not very enjoyable to drive" during Formula 1 practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Friday.

Portuguese GP: Best F1 2021 technical images from Portimao

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

Ilott explains ‘wobbly’ helmet buffeting during F1 practice debut

Callum Ilott found helmet buffeting at high speed “a bit uncomfortable” and “wobbly” during Formula 1 practice at Portimao, but felt “very happy” with his debut for Alfa Romeo.

Alpine "in a position to fight" at Portimao - Ocon

Esteban Ocon believes Alpine is in "a position to fight" at the front of the Formula 1 midfield after a strong performance in Friday's practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Norris not confident of making Q3 in Portimao

Lando Norris says McLaren isn’t confident it will have the pace to get through to Q3 at the Portuguese Grand Prix after a tricky opening day of Formula 1 practice.

Portuguese GP: Hamilton tops FP2 from Verstappen

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in second practice for Formula 1's 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix ahead of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Portuguese GP practice as it happened

Follow all the action from the Portuguese Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Portuguese GP: Bottas pips Verstappen by 0.025s in FP1

Valtteri Bottas topped FP1 for Formula 1's 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix by 0.025s over Max Verstappen, who finished second despite complaining of vibrations impacting his vision on his fastest lap.

Russell: No rules of engagement in fighting Mercedes drivers

George Russell insists Mercedes has not established “rules of engagement” he must follow if fighting its works cars, after his crash with Valtteri Bottas in Formula 1’s 2021 Imola race. 

Russell: Actions after Bottas crash "very poor judgement"

Williams driver George Russell has called his actions in remonstrating with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas immediately after their crash in the 2021 Imola Formula 1 race “very poor judgement”.

2021 Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix session timings and preview Portuguese GP
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2021 Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix session timings and preview

Formula 1 travels to Portimao this weekend for the third round of the 2021 season. Scroll down to view the full schedule for the Portuguese Grand Prix.