We explain how Lewis Hamilton won a race that both Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas could have claimed in The Race F1 Podcast’s review of the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Scott Mitchell and Mark Hughes join Edd Straw to discuss the key moments that decided the race in favour of Hamilton and Mercedes, and the small factors that might have led to a different outcome.
Lando Norris’s ‘midfield-winning’ fifth place and his consistently excellent execution in races again draws praise, while Ferrari’s decision to put Carlos Sainz on mediums for his second stint after Charles Leclerc’s struggles on that compound from the start is also questioned.
We also explain where Alpine’s race has come from – and where AlphaTauri’s has disappeared to on a weekend when Fernando Alonso showed signs of his old hard-charging self in the race.
Sebastian Vettel’s return to form, Mick Schumacher’s low-profile excellence and Kimi Raikkonen’s blunder are also discussed.