2021 Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix

Who will win the Portuguese Grand Prix?


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Welcome to the 2021 Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix. Let's get talking about this weekend's race, and don't forget to back your favourite in our poll!

With various flyaway events unable to take place at the beginning of this year, the F1 calendar would have been looking relatively bare. After last year's successful visit to the Algarve International Circuit, we therefore return to Portimao for the third race on this year's calendar and F1's 27th in Portugal.

The track is given great character by its undulating nature, with many commenting on F1's first visit here that it was reminiscent of a rollercoaster. Ample track width also means that the circuit features plenty of overtaking opportunities. So many in fact, that the DRS zone on the main straight has been shortened to make it a little more challenging into turn one. An additional, short DRS zone has been added to the back straight however, which should make it easier for cars to keep up with one another during the middle of the lap.

A cool and dry weekend is expected, so we are unlikely to enjoy a repeat of the wet conditions the race started in last year. Also different to last season's event will be the track limits. Last year the white lines were used as the cut off point, but this time the drivers will be allowed to use the kerbs as the limit. It will be interesting to see whetherthis allows the drivers to match last year's lap times, in spite of the new regulations reducing rear downforce.

With Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton having finished first and second between them at both races this year, it's hard to look beyond one of them for the win on Sunday. With that being said, Sergio Perez impressed at Imola with a front row start, and will no doubt be looking to build on that momentum. Let us know what you're hoping for this weekend, and don't forget to vote for your favourite to win in the poll!
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Would be great to see the season start with the 3rd exciting race in a row. That would be the first time in a while. Would be even more exciting to see McLaren and Ferrari close the gap a bit more. Looks like a dry weekend so it doesn't look like the rain wild card will enter into the equation.
 
The last race was one of the most entertaining races I have seen for a long time. Looking forward to another close race between Lewis and Max, with Perez and Norris in the mix.
 
First of all compliments for the nice read about this weekends F1 race (again).

Unfortunately I cannot watch quali and the race life :( Duty calls. Will watch with a approx. three hour delay. Social media off mode.

My vote goes this time to Max Verstappen. But do not underestimate the Ferrari's?
As long as we have a spectacular race again.

Enjoy!!
 
Lewis for possibly pole and most likely the win, purely because of what happened last GP. Hamilton and Mercedes operate a lot like Michael Jordan did: they "take it personally" when they don't dominate, usually to great effect in the next GP or several GPs lol
 
Lewis for possibly pole and most likely the win, purely because of what happened last GP. Hamilton and Mercedes operate a lot like Michael Jordan did: they "take it personally" when they don't dominate, usually to great effect in the next GP or several GPs lol
We need a way to acknowledge that we agree with a post without actually "liking" it. You're probably right about this. I wish it wasn't true, but you're probably right.
 

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