At the circuit in Portimao, the Mercedes Finn set the fastest time in qualifying. Bottas’ teammate Lewis Hamilton set the second fastest time and thus remains stuck at 99 pole positions. Max Verstappen will start third tomorrow.

It was actually Verstappen who set the fastest lap in qualifying. But that time the Dutchman was taken away for exceeding the track limits. In Q2 Hamilton was by far the best, but in Q3 Bottas outperformed his teammate.

The GP of Portugal is the third race of the season. Hamilton won the opening race in Bahrain, Verstappen was the best in the Emilia-Romagna GP. Last year, the Dutchman finished third in Portugal, Hamilton then won.

Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton. © EPA
Max Verstappen.
Max Verstappen. © EPA

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