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F1 podcast: Why Hamilton beat Bottas by nearly half a minute

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
1 min read

We explain the reasons why Lewis Hamilton was able to outperform Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas so comprehensively in our Portuguese Grand Prix review edition of The Race F1 Podcast.

Hamilton ran third early on, but took the lead from Bottas on lap 20 and went on to win by 25.592s – an rare margin in F1 today.

Scott Mitchell and Mark Hughes join Edd Straw to delve into the race, explaining the chaos of the early laps and how the race at the front played out – including why Max Verstappen wasn’t the threat he was expected to be.

Charles Leclerc’s fine drive to fourth and the reasons he’s extracting so much more from the car than team-mate Sebastian Vettel are also delved into is.

With Alex Albon’s time running out at Red Bull and Pierre Gasly finishing fifth, we also discuss why the Frenchman has been ruled out of contention for promotion, and the driver market shenanigans at Williams with Sergio Perez emerging as a possible signing for 2021.

Carlos Sainz’s race-leading heroics, Esteban Ocon beating team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in a straight fight for the first time this season and the clashes involving Racing Point drivers Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll are also discussed.

The Race F1 Podcast is available free to subscribe to from all good podcast suppliers, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Listen to “Portuguese Grand Prix review” on Spreaker.

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