Lewis Hamilton wins Portuguese Grand Prix to get eight-point championship lead 

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The seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton passed both Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen to win in the Portuguese Grand Prix

The seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton passed both Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen to win in the Portuguese Grand Prix. He passed Verstappen then hunted down his Mercedes team-mate to control the race. This win gives Hamilton an eight-point championship lead over Verstappen. Hamilton has moved on to 97 career Grand Prix victories to secure a world record eighth world title this year so this was one of the special ones. He missed out on the point for fastest lap as Verstappen and Bottas pitted for fresh tyres in the closing laps. The fight of Hamilton and Mercedes against Max Verstappen and Red Bull this year is the toughest since they began their domination of Formula 1 in 2014. Hamilton said “it feels fantastic” as he and Verstappen fought wheel-to-wheel. He dropped to third in the early laps but was in the lead by lap 20. Once Lewis Hamilton got there, the fight for the win was over. Toto Wolff said. "He just drove an immaculate race. But it makes no sense to talk about these exceptional Lewis performances because they have become quite regular now. It's his standard now and he sets that standard for himself."
A Hamilton masterclass
Hamilton being Hamilton made his victory at Portimao look easy which was not for the two drivers he was racing against. The three drivers were running in their grid order when the safety car came out after two laps. It pulled off at the start of lap seven, leaving Bottas in control of when the racing restarted, and Hamilton made his only mistakes of the day. He was looking in his mirrors to check where Verstappen was and at exactly that moment Bottas decided to jump. "That wasn't great," Hamilton said and laughed. The split second's reaction allowed Verstappen to be able to reach Hamilton. "I was in Valtteri's tow," Hamilton addressed Verstappen: "You were about to pull out to try to pass, and I pulled out and gave you Valtteri's tow. And I was like: 'You idiot,' to myself." As he was back to third, with a lot of work to do, he was in no mood to mess about. On lap 10, he spotted Max make a mistake at Turn Five, which allowed Hamilton to close in further. Exiting the last corner, he made another to cause his car fishtailing as he accelerated which gave Hamilton the run on him. Verstappen protected the inside, but Hamilton went there anyway around Turn One side-by-side and this time Mercedes came out in front. Next, Bottas who was unable to pull away from Verstappen now had Hamilton right behind him. For nine laps he pressured Bottas before lap 20. This time, he chose the outside as Bottas was still ahead and Hamilton had to give him space but he pulled off the move. Over the rest of the race, neither Bottas nor Verstappen were able to follow each other closely to try an overtake. Bottas was getting close to being within range to use the DRS overtaking aid which he failed.
How does Hamilton do this?
In Mercedes, they call it: "The magic of Lewis". They questioned him about it and he said: "We all are a team to be in the fight with Red Bull. I feel like maybe Red Bull lost a little bit of performance this weekend because I don't think we improved from the last race to here and I think they took a slight step closer to us for whatever reasons. But this is great. It is what we all live and breathe for, to get up and fight and try to pull out the smallest bits of performance to fight a great competitor." Verstappen told the press that: "It's been really cool when you race a driver you know you can go to the absolute limits [with] and you can trust each other to race super-hard. That's always really nice. The three races we've had, it's been really close to each other but predictable. With Lewis, I have never had something like: 'Oh I am going to crash.' I have full trust in Lewis that we always give each other enough space." Hamilton added: "It is down to respect. Both very, very hard but fair, and that's what makes great racing and great racing drivers. We will continue to keep it clean and on the edge. I don't think either of us have any plan to get any closer than it has been."

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