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HAMILTON BAGS POLE POSITION FOR THE PORTUGUESE GP

Full qualifying results for the Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit, round 12 of the 2020 F1 world championship season.

Hamilton Pole Position Portuguese GP – Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position for the Portuguese Grand Prix at the last moment to defeat Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Bottas topped every session of the weekend until it counted, having set the pace in every practice session and the first two segments of qualifying.

The Mercedes drivers switched to the medium-compound tyres for their final runs in Q3. Hamilton was first to run and initially took pole, only to be beaten by Bottas’s next lap.

But Hamilton managed to do a second quick lap on the mediums, and he found enough time to defeat Bottas by 0.102 seconds.

2020 F1 PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING RESULTS

POS.DRIVERNAT.TEAMQ1Q2Q3
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m 16.8281m 16.8241m 16.652
2Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team1m 16.9451m 16.4661m 16.754
3Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1m 16.8791m 17.0381m 16.904
4Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari1m 17.4211m 17.3671m 17.090
5Sergio PerezMEXBWT Racing Point F1 Team1m 17.3701m 17.1291m 17.223
6Alexander AlbonTHAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1m 17.4351m 17.4111m 17.437
7Carlos SainzESPMcLaren F1 Team1m 17.6271m 17.1831m 17.520
8Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1m 17.5471m 17.3211m 17.525
9Pierre GaslyFRAScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m 17.2091m 17.3671m 18.034
10Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault F1 Team1m 17.6211m 17.481No time set
11Esteban OconFRARenault F1 Team1m 17.7751m 17.614 
12Lance StrollCANBWT Racing Point F1 Team1m 17.6671m 17.626 
13Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia AlphaTauri Honda1m 17.8411m 17.728 
14George RussellGBRWilliams Racing1m 17.9311m 18.404 
15Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari1m 17.4461m 17.919 
16Kimi RaikkonenFINAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m 18.201  
17Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing Orlen1m 18.323  
18Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team1m 18.364  
19Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team1m 18.508  
20Nicholas LatifiCANWilliams Racing1m 18.908  

Before Hamilton’s final improvement he was briefly off the front row, as Max Verstappen got himself between the Mercedes drivers with his final lap. In the end Verstappen had to settle for third, a quarter of a second behind Hamilton.

Charles Leclerc, who was the only other driver to progress from Q2 using the mediums along with the Mercedes drivers, grabbed fourth on the grid, ahead of Sergio Perez in the lead Racing Point.

Their late improvements knocked Alex Albon down to sixth. Red Bull’s second driver switched to the soft tyres for his final run after starting Q3 on the mediums, and after briefly getting up to fourth he fell back by the end of the session.

The McLarens of Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris filled the fourth row of the grid, with Pierre Gasly ninth for AlphaTauri.

Daniel Ricciardo didn’t set a time in Q3, after spinning at the end of Q2 and nudging the barrier with his rear wing.

His Renault team tried to fit a new wing in time for him to take part in Q3, but it wasn’t possible.

With very few improvements at the end of Q2, Ricciardo’s late spin was the main drama, caused when he slightly wide on the approach to Turn 11 avoiding traffic before losing the rear end.

He still beat team-mate Esteban Ocon to a Q3 slot – and the Frenchman also almost spun at the same corner.

Ocon will be joined on the sixth row of the grid by Lance Stroll, who questioned if the track was slower at the end of Q2 as hardly any drivers improved on their final runs.

Behind Daniil Kvyat in 13th, Williams driver George Russell out-qualified the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel to take 14th place.

Vettel joined team-mate Leclerc in completing both Q2 runs on the medium tyre, a strategy only the Mercedes drivers also took.

After his unsuccessful final attempt, Vettel said over the radio that he struggled to get his front tyres warmed up for the early part of the lap, highlighting Turns 3 and 5 as the corners where he felt it the most.

Kimi Raikkonen briefly looked like he was going to escape from Q1 when his final lap put him 15th at the expense of Grosjean, but the 2007 world champion was knocked out when Russell came across the line to cement his seventh Q2 appearance of the season for Williams.

Raikkonen led the group of cars eliminated in Q1, ahead of his Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi, ousted-for-2021 Haas drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, and the second Williams of Nicholas Latifi, who was eight tenths slower than Russell.

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