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
|1||Lewis Hamilton||GBR||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1m 16.828||1m 16.824||1m 16.652|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||FIN||Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team||1m 16.945||1m 16.466||1m 16.754|
|3||Max Verstappen||NED||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||1m 16.879||1m 17.038||1m 16.904|
|4||Charles Leclerc||MON||Scuderia Ferrari||1m 17.421||1m 17.367||1m 17.090|
|5||Sergio Perez||MEX||BWT Racing Point F1 Team||1m 17.370||1m 17.129||1m 17.223|
|6||Alexander Albon||THA||Aston Martin Red Bull Racing||1m 17.435||1m 17.411||1m 17.437|
|7||Carlos Sainz||ESP||McLaren F1 Team||1m 17.627||1m 17.183||1m 17.520|
|8||Lando Norris||GBR||McLaren F1 Team||1m 17.547||1m 17.321||1m 17.525|
|9||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m 17.209||1m 17.367||1m 18.034|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||AUS||Renault F1 Team||1m 17.621||1m 17.481||No time set|
|11||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Renault F1 Team||1m 17.775||1m 17.614|
|12||Lance Stroll||CAN||BWT Racing Point F1 Team||1m 17.667||1m 17.626|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||RUS||Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda||1m 17.841||1m 17.728|
|14||George Russell||GBR||Williams Racing||1m 17.931||1m 18.404|
|15||Sebastian Vettel||GER||Scuderia Ferrari||1m 17.446||1m 17.919|
|16||Kimi Raikkonen||FIN||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m 18.201|
|17||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen||1m 18.323|
|18||Romain Grosjean||FRA||Haas F1 Team||1m 18.364|
|19||Kevin Magnussen||DEN||Haas F1 Team||1m 18.508|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Williams Racing||1m 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.
HAMILTON BAGS POLE POSITION FOR THE PORTUGUESE GP HAMILTON BAGS POLE POSITION FOR THE PORTUGUESE GP
YOU WILL LIKE
VERSTAPPEN BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN HAMILTON
FORMULA 1 BACK AT ISTANBUL PARK IN TURKEY
VALENCIA E-PRIX – JAKE DENNIS WIN RACE 2
SUZUKA F1 GP – NEW CONTRACT SIGNED UNTIL 2024
HIGHLIGHTS EPRIX 1 – DE VRIES WINS WET VALENCIA
FORMULA 1 – MIAMI GRAND PRIX FOR 2022
THE NEXT RACE 2021
|Bahrain ||26 Mar|
|14:30 - 15:30||Free practice 1|
|18:00 - 19:00||Free practice 2|
|15:00 - 16:00||Free practice 3|
|18:00 - 19:00||Qualifying|
|18:00 - 20:00||Race|
|Bahrain||57 laps||308.238 km|