LISBON (Dispatches) - Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton overtook main rival Max Verstappen and Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas to win the Portuguese Grand Prix and go eight points clear in the Formula One standings.
Red Bull’s Verstappen finished second at the Algarve circuit with Bottas third after starting on pole position. The disappointed Finn’s only consolation was a bonus point for fastest lap.
The victory was a record-extending 97th of Hamilton’s career, with the sport’s most successful driver repeating last year’s win at the circuit to go 2-1 up on Verstappen after three races.
"That was such a tough race, physically and mentally, just keeping everything together. It was very windy out there so it was very easy to put a foot wrong,” said the Briton, who started on the front row.
"I just didn’t quite get as good a start as Valtteri and then lost out on the re-start, which was not good. I was not happy about that.”
The safety car was deployed on lap two after the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi made contact, with debris left on the track and the field streaming through the pitlane.