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TOPS/FLOPS PORTUGAL GP: ALPINE SMILES, ASTON MARTIN LOOKS BAD

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The beautiful race of Alpine and McLaren but also the disappointment of Aston Martin and the missed opportunity of Valtteri Bottas, find the tops and flops of the Portuguese Grand Prix.

TOPS
Alpine in the top 10
For the first time this season, the French brand placed its two drivers in the points in Portugal. A sign of real progress. The points were expected for Esteban Ocon, who performed very well in Portimao throughout the weekend. His seventh place at the finish validates this idea. On the other hand, Fernando Alonso’s eighth place was a little less so. Thirteenth on the grid, the Spaniard had a long way to go, but he made the most of his expertise, particularly in terms of tyre management, to finish the race strongly. It was the first real positive weekend for Alpine.

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Hamilton imposes himself
At the end of a difficult race, both physically and mentally, Lewis Hamilton snatched victory in Portugal, his 97th in his career. He overcame his rival Max Verstappen, who had passed him on the seventh lap before losing on the eleventh, to take an eight-point lead in the drivers’ standings over the Dutchman. It was a positive weekend for the Briton, who continues to make progress.

McLaren confirms
Third in the constructors’ standings, third in the drivers’ standings with Lando Norris, McLaren is doing well. The young British driver asserts himself weekend after weekend. Fourth in Sakhir, third in Imola and fifth in Portimao, he is adding consistency to his talent and his progress in the race is lightning fast. As a result, Daniel Ricciardo suffers a little from the comparison. For his third Grand Prix with the English brand, the Australian did not sign his best result of the season but perhaps his best race. Sixteenth on the grid, he managed to finish ninth validating the good performance of McLaren.

FLOPS
Aston Martin in great difficulty
With only five points on the scoreboard and a poorly performing car, Aston Martin’s arrival in Formula 1 is proving tricky for the moment. Tenth in qualifying, Sebastian Vettel had some hopes for the race, but these hopes were quickly dashed. Lacking pace during the 66 laps of the Portuguese Grand Prix, the German had to be satisfied with a modest thirteenth place, one lap behind the leaders … No better for Lance Stroll. The owner’s son must be regretting his 2020 version of Racing Point because the Canadian, despite being in the points in the first two races, did not exist in Portimao. He exited in Q1 on Saturday and finished 14th on Sunday. Aston Martin has some work to do.

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Ferrari can do better
We inevitably expect better from the Italian brand. On Sunday, it had to make do with Charles Leclerc’s sixth place. Carlos Sainz, fifth on the grid, had a difficult Sunday. Although he started well, the Spaniard lost a lot of pace in the middle of the race, also a victim of his team’s choices, and in the end he could only do better than eleventh. Very disappointing for Ferrari.

Bottas misses another great opportunity
All the lights were green for the Finn. He had pole, he had made a good start and managed the restart perfectly after the safety car but Bottas collapsed. Passed initially by Lewis Hamilton for the leadership of the race, then by Max Verstappen on lap 37 for second place, the number 2 of Mercedes could not fight with the two strong men of F1. As is too often the case. However, Toto Wolff, the big boss of Mercedes who is also his manager, motivated him without success. He was therefore satisfied with third place and the point for the best lap. But it is a new disappointment for him.

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