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This rollercoaster of a 2020 Formula One season has brought us to the track dubbed the ‘rollercoaster’ itself, returning to Portugal for the first time since 1996 as part of the revised calendar. Join The Roar from 12:00am (AEDT) for live blog coverage of the Portuguese Grand Prix.
The famous Algarve circuit in Portimão will host its first Formula One race, with the 4.6km layout most famous for endurance racing and the now-defunct A1 Grand Prix category back in the day.
It is a track that combines high and low-speed corners, with plenty of undulation and corners with blind approaches. A circuit that’ll surely raise driver’s eyebrows across the 66-lap race today.
With no past form guide to base definitive predictions upon for this race, it is difficult to look past the almighty Mercedes team to edge closer to that historic seventh consecutive constructor’s championship.
They can actually wrap up the title today by finishing first and third if Red Bull fail to score any points.
Lewis Hamilton achieved his 91st career win last time out at the Nürburgring, equalling the great Michael Schumacher’s record for all-time victories in Formula One. The 35-year old can make that record his own this weekend.
While Valtteri Bottas was fastest in every other session, it was Hamilton who delivered a thrilling lap at the death of Q3 to claim pole by 0.102. Both drivers will start the race on the medium tyre, which seems to be the more comfortable compound this weekend.
Six points separate Racing Point, McLaren and Renault fighting for third in the constructor’s championship, in what should again be a tantalising midfield tussle. A strong result is needed for McLaren who’ve scored 18 points in the last three races to Renault’s 43.
Sergio Perez heads up that battle in qualifying in fifth, though both McLarens are line-astern on the fourth row of the grid. Both Renaults are further down in tenth and 11th.
Knowing that they won’t be racing for Haas in 2021, current duo Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen both will start at the bottom on the table, ahead of only Nicholas Latifi, while his Williams teammate George Russell made it into Q2 and was faster than Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari.
Whatever the outcome, we’re in for an exciting first-ever race at the Algarve. Be sure then to come on to The Roar from 12:00am AEDT for live blog coverage of the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Lights out: 12:10am (AEDT)
Venue: Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão
TV: Fox Sports
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), 5. Sergio Perez (Racing Point). 6. Alexander Albon (Red Bull), 7. Carlos Sainz (McLaren), 8. Lando Norris (McLaren), 9. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), 10. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), 11. Esteban Ocon (Renault), 12. Lance Stroll (Racing Point), 13 Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri), 14. George Russell (Williams), 15. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 16. Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo), 17. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 18. Romain Grosjean (Haas), 19 Kevin Magnussen (Haas), 20. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)