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Portugese Grand Prix: Mercedes F1 mission accomplished until last lap

Portugese Grand Prix 2021 is an explanation if you have a clear goal, it gives meaning to all your actions. However, on the way to achieving the goal, there must be a plan, and that is already 90% of success. Of course, it is impossible to predict everything at once, but pursuing the intended goal from A to B distinguishes true champions from all others.

Before the start of the Portuguese Grand Prix

It was difficult to find a person who was completely confident in the results of the Formula 1 race in Portimao. At the same time, everyone knew that Red Bull under Max Verstappen did not feel the usual pace, while the Mercedes F1 of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas was consistently fast. Despite the clear difference between the drivers of the Aston Martin, Alpine F1 and Williams, the potential leaders separated themselves on Saturday through a queue. Mercedes F1 Team, Red Bull and especially the Scuderia Ferrari made it clear to the F1 fans that they have serious plans to compete.

 

Mercedes F1 Team’s Mission

One says that the potential of a F1 car is 90% of success, but if luck is in one thing, the strategy becomes the deciding factor. Mercedes’ plan at the Portuguese Grand Prix is to get the team as many points as possible, even if you have to take risks. Starting on medium tires and switching to hard after Max Verstappen’s pit stop was a key moment in the plan. Although Lewis Hamilton’s 27-second lead was enough to overtake the Red Bull driver. Valteri Bottas, meanwhile, was unable to hold either first or second position, but the arguments for past failures should be put aside in good time.

Therefore, with five laps to go, the Mercedes F1 team bosses take a desperate step – a return to the red soft. Why risk third place in the hunt for a record lap? The price of risk will seem insignificant, but not for the champions; Valteri Bottas gets the fastest lap at the Portuguese Grand Prix. It brings the team another point.

Portuguese Grand Prix
Portuguese Grand Prix

Further attempts by Rel Bull to drive the best lap were almost successful, and Max’s lap was aborted right up to the moment when Michael Masi saw the track’s limit violation.

Portuguese Grand Prix results
Portuguese Grand Prix results
Portuguese Grand Prix results
Portuguese Grand Prix results

Nico Rosberg described the Portuguese Grand Prix as phenomenal, the race in Portimao is it. Mercedes clearly pursued the mission and 100% fulfilled it. Thus, the Formula 1 team once again confirmed its status as champion. Is the Portuguese Grand Prix 2021 phenomenal, or was it boring, do you think?

 


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