This yearâ€™s Grand Prix in Portugal marked an important feat for Mercedes as two of its drivers finished at the top most spots in the event. Lewis Hamilton scored the first spot while the second was taken by Valtteri Bottas, the former also set a new record in the Formula One race.
Among the highly coveted Grand Prix races, the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix manifested a top tier victory for Mercedes with its AMG Petronas F1 team. The victory came with its drivers winning the first and second spot at the Formula One event and became the 57th 1-2 finish for the company. The day was also memorable for Lewis Hamilton who set a new record to add to his already large portfolio of accomplishments. For Lewis, this race amassed his 92nd F1 win, which was also his eighth victory in 2020 and a first at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Laying claim to the second spot was Valtteri, for whom the race became his ninth podium finish of 2020 season and 54th of his total Formula One career.
While accepting his award, Hamilton dedicated his 92 wins to his team and the factory whose work let him perform to the fullest of his capabilities. He also talked about how his team- Pertonasâ€™ effort inspired and pushed him to do better, not just for himself but for the team as a whole. Announcing the match and the day as a tough one, he complimented the track, the weather and the second position Valtteri as tough opponents to defend against. Thanking his family and his partners, he claimed to be at a loss of words to describe his emotions at the moment. Second highest scorer of the day, Bottas conveyed his delight at gaining the lead, albeit a bit short-lived during the first half, on other cars amidst a light drizzle. He also said that it was hard to defend against Lewis but he pushed as hard as he possibly could to claim the second spot. Deciding to not get dejected and learn from his loss to Lewis, he promised to come back stronger for the following weekend event at Imola. Toto Wolff had much praises for Lewisâ€™ performance of the day and his words also reflected his passion for the sport.
While reminiscing the 2013 debut of the project, he said that he couldnâ€™t have ever imagined they would claim 92 race wins. He also commented on Lewisâ€™ talent and ability to completely stand out and his strategy of ramping up the weekend races. Toto also shared his experience of the race, watching McLarens on the Softs and hearing the crowd roar as Sainz took the lead. His insights on the match were followed by his excitement to see his family and sharing a dinner with them. Andrew Shovlinâ€™s words were also full of admiration for the winner and congratulated him for delivering â€śan absolute masterclassâ€ť performance. He also displayed his elation at achieving a one-two finish, even though the drivers had to tackle slow warm-up and a less pace problem. Like Bottas, he also conveyed his anticipation for the next race at Imola and to see how the drivers would take up the two-day format challenge. It was an exhilarating day for all, as Lewis with a score of 256 gained an upper hand on Valtteri (179 points) at the Driversâ€™ Championship. The AMG Petronas F1 team has a total of 209 point lead on the Red Bull Racing team in the Constructorsâ€™ Championship.
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