Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese GP after passing Verstappen and Bottas

The world champion dropped to third in the opening stages, but made two brilliant moves in nine race-winning laps to claim his second win of the season.

Verstappen crossed the line in second, while Bottas, who started from pole, finished a disappointing third. Sergio Perez took the flag in fourth, with Lando Norris fifth for McLaren.

Hamilton missed out on top spot in qualifying to Bottas by just seven thousandths of a second, and the British driver faced an uphill task to win for a 97th time following his poor restart.

The safety car was deployed at the end of the first lap after Kimi Raikkonen ran into the back of Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi.

And six laps later, when the debris was cleared, Hamilton was caught napping as Verstappen sailed round the outside of his Mercedes at the opening corner.

Up front, Bottas was unable to race into the distance and the top three spent the formative laps separated by little more than one second.

On lap 11, Hamilton landed his first strike by moving back past Verstappen. He drew alongside the Dutchman at 200mph before sliding up the inside of the Red Bull at the first corner.

Verstappen eyed up Hamilton through turn four, but the world champion planted his Mercedes on the apex and Verstappen was forced to yield.

It wasn’t long before Hamilton was then crawling all over the back of Bottas. Indeed, one wondered whether the Mercedes pit wall would order the Finn to move aside with Verstappen in striking range.

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