Verstappen against Hamilton, third round. After the controversial triumph of Lewis about Max in Bahrain, and the victory of Max on Imola, Portimao
This weekend hosts another gripping chapter in an exciting saga that promises to last all season. It has been a long time since such a close fight has been seen, and it will not be less in Portugal, where Lewis hamilton set the best time of the first day of free practice with a 1’19 ”837, leaving Verstappen at 0 ”143 in the second place. However, the Englishman, who complained a lot about how slippery the track was, was sure that both he and Max they can improve their respective cars and performance in the face of a classification that the Briton foresees equal.
“I think this weekend will be close. I don’t know how Max’s lap was in FP2, but mine wasn’t perfect so we definitely have some time to extract from the car and improvements to make.. But I’m sure Red Bull will too. It was close, as were the last two races, so I’m sure qualifying will be exciting and the race will be tight. “ commented the 7-time world champion, that this weekend in Portugal he aspires to reach 100 poles in F1, a historic milestone.
I’m sure qualifying will be exciting and the race will be tight
“There is a bit more grip here this year, but it was really windy today so I think everyone was struggling with balance and sliding down the track. There was no great evolution of the track between sessions: as the track warmed up it slowed down. This morning seemed to be a little better, then this afternoon it got warmer and windier, so it seemed to make it difficult for people to find time and work on their balance “The British commented at the end of the day this Friday in Portimao in a team statement.
“It’s good to be back on the Portimao track, the circuit is incredible but the conditions are very similar to last year and the asphalt is very slippery. The tires of course have changed and we all lost a bit of grip from the cars compared to last year. It is very complicated and it is not easy to change the tires, which is a shame because it seems that everything is about the preparation and the temperature of the tires. It’s the same situation for everyone so we just have to make sure we are on top when it comes to the car so that we can get the most out of it. It seems difficult with Mercedes this weekend again. The car felt good, but we still have some work to do before tomorrow, that’s for sure. “