At the Grande Premio De Portugal, track making its F1 debut, Lewis Hamilton who is chasing the drivers’ championship and the all-time record for race wins, pipped Valtteri Bottas to pole position.

Bottas took pole first before Hamilton, who stole pole by just over one tenth with a time of 1:16.652. This was Hamilton’s ninth pole of the season, including the 97th of his career. This has led to Mercedes having every pole this season.

“I can’t tell you how hard that was today, yes we’ve got a great car but you have to drive your nuts off here this weekend.” — Lewis Hamilton on sealing pole position.

In the race that started after a 30-minute delay due to rain, Max Verstappen finished third and Charles Leclerc, fourth.

The current standings are as follows:

  1. Hamilton (Mercedes): 230 points
  2. Bottas (Mercedes): 161
  3. Verstappen (Red Bull): 147
  4. Ricciardo (Renault): 78
  5. Perez (Racing Point): 68