The 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Heineken Grande Prémio De Portugal 2021) was the third race of the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Algarve, Portugal between April 30 and May 2 2021.

Valtteri Bottas took pole position for the race, but it was Lewis Hamilton who won the race for the second year in a row, despite losing out to Max Verstappen after an early Safety Car restart due to Kimi Räikkönen retiring from front wing damage after clipping his Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi. He managed to repass him and eventually gain the lead on the 20th lap. A long first stint for Verstappen's team-mate Sergio Pérez meant that he took the lead after Hamilton pitted, but then conceded the lead to Hamilton after getting blocked by the Haas of Nikita Mazepin a few laps prior, the latter receiving a post-race penalty as a result, while Hamilton went on to score his 97th race win. Bottas was passed by Verstappen after his stop and fell behind momentarily after suffering a brief exhaust sensor issue, but nevertheless, took the fastest lap award, with Verstappen's fastest lap time deleted for track limits violations. Daniel Ricciardo managed to race to 9th place after starting from 16th in McLaren.


Background[edit | edit source]

As with the previous Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix round, the Portuguese Grand Prix was originally a one-off race for the 2020 season. Following the omission of the Vietnamese Grand Prix from the original 2021 calendar, due to corruption charges on a key race official, the slot has since been left as a TBC. Speculations grew with the Portuguese Grand Prix being one of the favorites to take the spot. On March 5, it was confirmed that the Portuguese Grand Prix would take up the TBC slot on the calendar.

Heading into the weekend Lewis Hamilton held a one-point lead ahead of Max Verstappen, who won the previous round but Hamilton's fastest lap ensured he still had the championship lead entering the next round.

On the day of the previous round it was also announced that the Miami Grand Prix is confirmed to be the latest addition to F1 starting the next season, with a new 10-year deal signed. The race will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium, which is home to the Miami Dolphins baseball team and has hosted the Super Bowl six times and numerous music concerts.[1]

On the Monday before the race weekend, all teams have unanimously agreed to trial a sprint race qualifying format. The format for sprint qualifying will be as follows:[2]

  • Friday: A one-hour free practice session with two sets of tires for teams to choose freely, and the Qualifying session with five soft tire sets available only.
  • Saturday: A one-hour practice session with one set of tires for teams to choose freely, and a 100 km (60 mi) sprint race (one-third of Grand Prix distance) with two sets of tires to choose freely. Points are awarded to the Top 3 with a 3-2-1 scoring basis with pit stops not compulsory.
  • Sunday: Full-distance race with two remaining sets of tires.

It was immediately announced that the Silverstone Circuit will be the first location to trial the new sprint weekend format[3].

Entry List[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 20B 1.6 V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6 V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes F1 M12 1.6 V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
98 United Kingdom Callum Ilott Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6 V6t P
Source:[4]

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Q1[edit | edit source]

The biggest shocker in qualifying was Ricciardo. He alongside Stroll, Latifi, Schumacher and Mazepin were out of Q1, the first time since the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix that he was eliminated in that period.

Q2[edit | edit source]

Russell nearly made it to Q3 by five hundreths of a second. He was out alongside Giovinazzi, Alonso, Tsunoda and Raikkonen. Vettel progressed to Q3 for the first time since the 2020 British Grand Prix.

Q3[edit | edit source]

Verstappen initially set the quickest time for pole, but was deleted for track limits violations. Valtteri Bottas thus took his 17th career pole by seven thousandths of a second ahead of Hamilton, despite both not improving their runs on medium tires.

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1 1:18.722 2 1:18.458 1 1:18.348 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 3 1:18.857 1 1:17.968 2 1:18.355 2
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 11 1:19.485 5 1:18.650 3 1:18.746 3
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 6 1:19.337 8 1:18.845 4 1:18.890 4
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 5 1:19.309 7 1:18.813 5 1:19.039 5
6 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 4 1:19.092 4 1:18.586 6 1:19.042 6
7 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:18.794 3 1:18.481 7 1:19.116 7
8 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 7 1:19.373 6 1:18.769 8 1:19.306 8
9 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 10 1:19.464 10 1:19.052 9 1:19.475 9
10 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 8 1:19.403 9 1:18.970 10 1:19.659 10
11 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 15 1:19.797 11 1:19.109 11
12 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 9 1:19.410 12 1:19.216 12
13 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 13 1:19.728 13 1:19.456 13
14 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 12 1:19.684 14 1:19.463 14
15 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 14 1:19.748 15 1:19.812 15
16 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 16 1:19.839 16
17 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 17 1:19.913 17
18 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 18 1:20.285 18
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 19 1:20.452 19
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:20.912 20
107% time: 1:24.232
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

Grid[edit | edit source]

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

The full results for the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 66 1:34:31.421 2 25
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 66 +29.148 3 18
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 66 +33.530 1 16FL
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 66 +39.735 4 12
5 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +51.369 7 10
6 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 66 +55.781 8 8
7 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 66 +1:03.749 6 6
8 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 66 +1:04.808 13 4
9 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1:15.369 16 2
10 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 66 +1:16.463 9 1
11 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 66 +1:18.955 5
12 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 65 +1 lap 12
13 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 10
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 17
15 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 65 +1 lap 14
16 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 65 +1 lap 11
17 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 64 +2 laps 19
18 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 64 +2 laps 18
19* 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 64 +2 laps 20
Ret 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1 Collision damage 15
Source:
  • * Mazepin received a post-race 5-second time penalty for ignoring blue flags and impeding Pérez.

Milestones[edit | edit source]

  • 500th race start for Mercedes-powered cars.
  • 17th career Pole Position for Valtteri Bottas, equaling Jackie Stewart's record.
  • Mercedes' 128th pole position, equaling Williams' record.
    • This is also Mercedes' 71st front row lockout.
  • 97th race win for Lewis Hamilton.
  • Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen set a new record for the most recurring podium drivers at 15.

Standings[edit | edit source]

Hamilton extended his championship lead ahead of Verstappen to 8 points after the race, leading the drivers' championship standings for the 123rd race, whilst their team-mates' points finishing ensured they moved up the order of the drivers standings. Both Alpine drivers were able to depose Tsunoda to the bottom among the points scorers, and also move up to 5th in the constructors' standings.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 69
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen 61
3 United Kingdom Lando Norris 37
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas 32 ▲1
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc 28 ▼1
6 Mexico Sergio Pérez 22 ▲2
7 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 16
8 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 14 ▼2
9 France Esteban Ocon 8 ▲3
10 France Pierre Gasly 7 ▼1
11 Canada Lance Stroll 5 ▼1
12 Spain Fernando Alonso 5 ▲1
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 2 ▼2
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 101
2 Austria Red Bull-Honda 83
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53
4 Italy Ferrari 42
5 France Alpine-Renault 13 ▲2
6 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 9 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 5 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. F1.com: Miami Grand Prix to join F1 calendar in 2022, with exciting new circuit planned
  2. F1.com: Sprint Qualifying to debut at three Grands Prix in 2021 following unanimous agreement from teams
  3. Silverstone Circuit: SILVERSTONE HOST FIRST SPRINT QUALIFYING AT THE 2021 FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named EL
  5. ' ', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2020), , (Accessed 05/07/2020)
V T E 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriAlpineAston MartinFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRed BullWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlonsoBottasGaslyGiovinazziHamiltonLatifiLeclercMazepinNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzSchumacherStrollTsunodaVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 9 Mazepin • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 22 Tsunoda • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Schumacher • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 99 Giovinazzi
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