The Finnish driver became the third different pole in the first three races of the 2021 F1 season, beating Hamilton in Q3 by just 0.007 seconds, to record his 17th career pole in F1.
Max Verstappen was frustrated with only qualifying in third place for Red Bull – almost four tenths from pole position – and felt blocked by Sebastian Vettel in the latter part of qualifying at Portimao.
The Dutch driver’s time was still enough to get ahead of his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who recovered from a spin in the gravel in Q1, and kept one step ahead of the line-up Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in fifth place for the Portuguese GP.
Esteban Ocon impressed Alpine with sixth place in Q3 of qualifying, beating McLaren’s Lando Norris, with Charles Leclerc’s second Ferrari in eighth place despite advancing to Q2 on medium tires.
Pierre Gasly retained his solid form of qualifying for AlphaTauri in ninth place as Vettel completed the top 10 after making his first Q3 appearance since the 2020 British GP.
It was a qualifying nightmare for McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was knocked out in Q1 and will start the Portuguese GP in 16th place.
Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR21
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When does the Portuguese F1 Grand Prix take place?
- Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
- Start time: 3:00 p.m. BST, 3:00 p.m. local time
Round three of the 2021 F1 season, the Portuguese GP at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, will start at 3 p.m. local time (3 p.m. BST) on Sunday, May 2.
How can I watch the Portuguese GP?
In the UK, Sky Sports owns the exclusive live streaming rights to F1, with the Portuguese GP race being broadcast live on Sky Sports F1. Pre-race coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. BST prior to the start of the race at 3:00 p.m. BST.
After the race, Sky Sports F1’s live coverage continues to follow the post-race reaction from the moment the checkered flag is waved until 6.30 p.m. BST.
UKTN offers live text commentary for the Portuguese GP.
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M
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When can I watch the highlights?
In the UK, Channel 4 airs highlights from the Portuguese GP at 7:30 p.m. BST on Sunday. The full program will run for two and a half hours, covering the pre-race, race highlights and initial post-race reaction to summarize the main talking points of the race weekend.
Throughout the 2021 F1 season, Channel 4 will broadcast highlights from each qualifying and race on the Saturday and Sunday of each event. Highlights will also be available on Channel 4’s on-demand catch-up services.
- Channel: channel 4
- Start time: 7:30 p.m. BST
Will it be on the radio?
Live radio coverage of every training, qualifying and race for the 2021 F1 season will be available on UKTN Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra stations.
Coverage of the Portuguese GP will begin at 2:55 p.m. BST on UKTN Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, available on both DAB radio and the UKTN Sounds app.
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB16B
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Why is F1 racing in Portugal?
With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to disrupt the regular motorsport schedule, the start of the 2021 F1 season has been reshaped after the Australian GP postponed to November and the Chinese GP canceled for this year.
As a result, and just like last season, the Portimao track came in as a late replacement to fill the gap in the calendar and will host the Portuguese GP.
At the time of writing, F1’s 2021 schedule is reverting to a largely familiar schedule in May with the Spanish GP and Monaco GP, but another schedule adjustment has been confirmed for June as the series ends. heading to Turkey after the cancellation of the Canadian GP.
Weather forecast for the Portuguese GP
The current weather forecast calls for sunny and warm conditions, with a low possibility of rain in Portimao on race day. The temperature is expected to be 18 degrees Celsius for the start of the race – around five degrees warmer than the Emilia Romagna GP.
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12
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How many laps does the Portuguese GP have?
The race is expected to cover 66 laps of the Imola circuit, covering a total distance of 306.826 km.