There was no shortage of action on the Formula 1 Portuguese Grand Prix on Friday. The main attraction was the collision of Lance Stroll and Max Verstappen, but the activities of the stewards also provided a topic of conversation in the Portimao paddock.
During the two 90-minute workouts, there were also countless turns on an asphalt strip unknown to Formula One, with Lewis Hamilton also struggling to find traction. Mercedes defending champions think the situation won’t get any easier in the jump. “It’s very difficult to bring the tires into the operating range. I think there will be plenty of cars on the track in Q1, there will be a real dog fight to get into a clean lap position. We can do that, we all row in a boat, ”he said.
Hamilton didn’t even have an easy day: thanks to laps lost due to abandonments as well as red-flag interruptions, he only finished eighth in the second free practice while his teammate Valtteri Bottas finished in the lead. However, there are other circumstances behind its poorer placement.
“It’s a difficult track, a huge challenge, the roller coaster ride is incredible and there are plenty of places not to see where one is going. At the exit of Bend 8, we look at the sky for a while and have no idea what’s behind the hill. It’s an amazing challenge, and the asphalt is mirror-smooth, so seeing many slip and spin. ”
“The first free practice turned out better for me, even if the car wasn’t very good. We changed the settings afterwards, but it was awful for the second practice, ”the six-time world champion remarked.