Hamilton wins Portuguese GP to extend lead

Lewis Hamilton delivered a bold pass on Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and drove off into the Portimao sun to win the Portuguese Grand Prix and increase his lead in the Formula One world title standings.

Hamilton started second but had to regain a spot lost to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and secured victory by sweeping round pole sitter Bottas on the 20th lap of 66 around the 4.684-kilometre Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on Sunday.

Verstappen then struggled behind Bottas until he overtook the Finn straight after mid-race pit stops but Hamilton had already built a gap substantial enough to earn a second win from three races this season and the 97th of his career.

Briton Hamilton now leads the championship on 69 points with Verstappen, who lost the fastest lap bonus point for leaving the track, eight points behind going into the Spanish Grand Prix on May 9.

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