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PremierLeague-News.Com - The British took on both of his title rivals and delivered the killer blow when it was required to take the race win in Portugal
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Lewis Hamilton sent a bitter reminder to Max Verstappen that he is still the ace of this F1 deck after calmly passing the Dutchman at Portimao to move clear in the drivers’ championship battle.Hamilton delivered as pinpoint a performance as any in his glittering career to stroll away from his title rival and Valtteri Bottas for a 97th grand prix win.This sort of display, where the 36-year-old twice patiently waited to exploit a minuscule error from the car in front, comes naturally to a seven-time world champion. It is a position Verstappen – who claimed just his 11th grand prix victory at Imola last time out can only dream of.The freshest exclusives and sharpest analysis, curated for your inboxEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.With the utmost cool, the British driver trailed first Verstappen and then Bottas in the opening third of the race and executed the killer blow both times. Read More Toto Wolff’s ‘spreading s**t’ jibe about Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen swap a ‘misunderstanding’, say Mercedes By the time Hamilton passed his teammate, Verstappen was so far back he couldn’t even see the race-defining exchange between the Silver Arrows.And once he had clean air Hamilton sauntered to victory with as much ease as he did on this track last October.Hamilton unfazed by slow startDespite the 30mph Atlantic winds causing issues during practice and qualifying, there was little threat of this race turning into a chaotic classic. Portimao’s highlights reel will be a short one.Granted, for the third race weekend in a row we had a safety car when Kimi Raikkonen clipped Alfa Romeo teammate Antonio Giovinazzi to trundle off into the dirt early on. And yes, Verstappen exploited the subsequent yellow flag to pick off Hamilton. But you don’t escape the king that easily. Within eight laps Hamilton flipped on the DRS and regained his place.At that stage Bottas was looking good on converting a pole position into 25 championship points, and Hamilton even sounded the alarm over the radio that he was struggling with the wear of his tyres.And yet, just a few laps later it was Mercedes’ iconic driver who was catching his teammate – and Hamilton needed no second chances to slip into his natural leading position.
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.Hamilton wasn’t fazed when passed by Verstappen and soon got his position back (Photo: AFP)“I think Max made a mistake at some point and that was perfect. With Valtteri I had to make the move early on before the tyres were destroyed and I just managed to get him at Turn one. Right on my limit. Great race.”Verstappen eventually got ahead of Bottas but Hamilton had widened the gap so far that he was well in front even after his tyre exchange. The race was effectively over by the midway point.“I think we just lacked a little bit of pace overall,” Verstappen said. “Lewis got by again and once after the pit stop, the warm up is super hard on these tyres.”This season has been billed as Hamilton vs Verstappen. The old timer vs the young buck. One man fading out of the sport, the other ready to step into the spotlight.But while Verstappen’s race win at Imola two weeks ago was an exciting, novel moment for Red Bull’s star asset, Sunday was normality returning to the Mercedes garage. It was almost too easy; the calmness with which Hamilton took what for years has been rightfully his.And it’s this dead-eyed routine of Hamilton’s drive that should scare Verstappen most of all. Read More Silverstone chief: ‘Sprint races are what F1 needs. I’d be surprised if all promoters aren’t begging for them’
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