F1 Portuguese Grand Prix qualifying LIVE RESULTS: FP3 latest updates as Hamilton and Verstappen battle for pole

THE PORTUGUESE GRAND PRIX is underway with qualifying taking place today.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen have won one race each this season and were both impressive in practice on Friday.

The Brit is just one point ahead of the Dutchman as he looks for a third straight pole in Portimao.

We'll be bringing you all of the twists and turn from Portimao right here…

  • Ben Hunt

    FINAL PRACTICE

    It's windy in Portimao as the drivers are getting ready to go out on their final runs to dial-in their cars ahead of qualifying.

    Red Bull and Mercedes again leading the way. Let's see if anyone else can push them close.

  • Josh Graham

    SAINZ BREEZE

    Ferrari's Carlos Sainz is relishing the slick conditions in Portimao.

    After finishing fourth in FP2, he said: "Yeah, very… very positive day for me.

    "We keep the learning curve, we keep the different track conditions today and probably the lowest grip of the season so far; Bahrain and particularly Imola was really high grip; today was really slippery. 

    "And it’s another experience in the bag just to see how the Ferrari feels in very low grip conditions, very gusty. And just going through my processes and having a decent day.

    "I do like low grip conditions. It’s always something that I guess is in my nature and I do like the hassle of having to find grip in places where there is not…”

    Credit: Reuters
  • Josh Graham

    SOCIAL BOYCOTT

    Lewis Hamilton is spearheading a boycott of social media this weekend in the wake of online abuse.

  • Josh Graham

    BOY GEORGE

    George Russell is aiming sky high for Williams in Portugal this weekend.

    The young Brit said: "The wind really picked up in the afternoon and it’s no secret that we struggle when the wind picks up, which is unfortunate.

    "But I think FP2 was the worst of it, it shouldn’t be getting any worse tomorrow and from Sunday everything should calm down.

    "It’s incredibly exposed and it’s very undulating here so that if you do get a gust of wind, you feel it.

    "That’s just the weakness of our car, we have to deal with it, make the most of it, and I felt FP2 was far from our potential and we were still 13th or 14th and not a million miles away. And the high fuel pace looked half decent, so we’re in reasonable shape.

    "I don’t want to overpromise and underdeliver but naturally if the wind dies down we will improve and P2 was probably the worst of it. Hopefully that was worst-case scenario in FP2 which was 13th. So Q2 is a minimum I hope and fighting hopefully for points on Sunday."

    Credit: Alamy
  • Josh Graham

    RIP AYRTON

    Remembering a legend 27 years on.

  • Josh Graham

    POR BLIMEY

    F1 moves onto the Portuguese Grand Prix with reigning champ Lewis Hamilton edging out Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the overall standings by one point.

    Hamilton won at Portimao last season and will be looking for a repeat success.

    Team-mate Valtteri Bottas claimed second to complete the Mercedes one-two.

    Today, practice three starts at midday with qualifying underway at 3pm.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS,

    Lewis Hamilton has dropped a massive hint that he plans to stay in F1 next season.

    He said: “Well firstly I don’t ever volunteer for test days and it’s probably one of the first ones I have volunteered for, so I immediately regretted it when I woke up in the morning on the day!

    “I was like, ‘dammit!’ But no honestly, firstly it was at a really great track to test at, so I enjoyed the day and the weather was good.

    “And I plan to be here next year and I want to help Pirelli and help lead towards them having a better product.

    “The drivers, all of us, have wished for more performance tyres and so it was important for me to gauge where the starting point is and what the difference is.

    “So, I think it was a good test and obviously the first step with the tyres.”

    Hamilton was picked up on his remark that he “plans to be” in F1 in 2022 and admitted his decision-making is always “pretty spontaneous”.

    However, he said that he is still enjoying his time with Mercedes and this season’s battle with Max Verstappen, with Hamilton edging the championship by just a point from the Dutchman.

    He added: “The thing is, I’m pretty spontaneous so it can always change but I don’t know, I’m enjoying this battle.

    “It’s getting more exciting, it’s been even more of a challenge. As I’ve said I continue to love working with this team. I don’t know how long I can stay though, we’ll see.”

    Formula One say they ARE committed to fighting against racism – despite failing to follow other sports in their social media boycott.

    British drivers Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell have all followed Premier League stars in staying off social media until Monday.

    The move is in protest at social media companies’ failure to do more to stop online abuse.

    But while F1 continue to post across their social media channels, the sport say they don’t believe their failure to stop undermines their own anti-racism message.

    And Mercedes’ Toto Wolff were among those to defend F1 after the sport refused the social media blackout this weekend.

    He said: “I think Formula 1 and Mercedes have shown commitment to the fight against racism all year long, not only with the visual initiative but we have launched several campaigns to increase diversity.

    “We have invested considerable resource in setting up these programmes and we would very much leave it to the drivers to decide whether they want to take part in a UK-based boycott.

    “I think fighting against racism with a very different tool is necessary. We are, Formula 1, a global sport and it is up to everyone to decide whether they want to join this UK initiative.”

  • Joe Brophy

    WOLFF PACK

    Toto Wolff is confident Lewis Hamilton will remain in Formula 1 with Mercedes into 2022.

    The Austrian said that the Brit's public comments reflected "what we have already discussed in private" and "I'm happy about that".

    When asked if Hamilton would still represent Mercedes next year, Wolff told Sky Sports: "Yes, there is no reason why not.

    "It's the best place to be. He has been with us a long time and I think as long as we can provide the outlook for a competitive package, I see no reason why we shouldn't be together and continue the marriage."

  • Joe Brophy

    NO STAPPEN HIM

    Lewis Hamilton has been warned that Max Verstappen is the real deal this season and that the Formula One title is at the mercy of the racing gods.

    Former F1 star David Coulthard believes the Red Bull man now has the pace and maturity to take a title fight to the reigning champion.

    He told MailOnline: "Red Bull are the real deal in terms of outright pace.

    "There's no question if you can deliver the lap time in qualifying and then you don't have reliability issues in the race.

    "That's where Mercedes have been so strong over the last several years, they have had qualifying pace and they have had unbelievable reliability.

    "So the only thing that I think can stand in the way of Max and Red Bull Racing really taking this championship is the racing Gods getting involved in a few things with reliability because he is definitely experienced enough.

    "He is definitely mature enough, which at 23 seems incredible but he is ready. He is more than ready."

  • Joe Brophy

    LONE WOLFF

    Mercedes’ Toto Wolff were among those to defend F1 after the sport refused the social media blackout this weekend.

    He said: “I think Formula 1 and Mercedes have shown commitment to the fight against racism all year long, not only with the visual initiative but we have launched several campaigns to increase diversity.

    “We have invested considerable resource in setting up these programmes and we would very much leave it to the drivers to decide whether they want to take part in a UK-based boycott.

    “I think fighting against racism with a very different tool is necessary. We are, Formula 1, a global sport and it is up to everyone to decide whether they want to join this UK initiative.”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEW BEAUTY

    Lewis Hamilton has dropped a massive hint that he plans to stay in F1 next season.

    And the Brit remains the sport's number one driver!

  • Joe Brophy

    MORE FROM LEWIS

    Hamilton was picked up on his remark that he "plans to be" in F1 in 2022 and admitted his decision-making is always "pretty spontaneous".

    However, he said that he is still enjoying his time with Mercedes and this season's battle with Max Verstappen, with Hamilton edging the championship by just a point from the Dutchman.

    He added: "The thing is, I'm pretty spontaneous so it can always change but I don't know, I'm enjoying this battle.

    "It's getting more exciting, it's been even more of a challenge. As I've said I continue to love working with this team. I don't know how long I can stay though, we'll see."

  • Joe Brophy

    LEW STAY

    Lewis Hamilton has dropped a massive hint that he plans to stay in F1 next season.

    He said: "Well firstly I don't ever volunteer for test days and it's probably one of the first ones I have volunteered for, so I immediately regretted it when I woke up in the morning on the day!

    "I was like, 'dammit!' But no honestly, firstly it was at a really great track to test at, so I enjoyed the day and the weather was good.

    "And I plan to be here next year and I want to help Pirelli and help lead towards them having a better product.

    "The drivers, all of us, have wished for more performance tyres and so it was important for me to gauge where the starting point is and what the difference is.

    "So, I think it was a good test and obviously the first step with the tyres."

  • Marc Mayo

    SOCIAL BOYCOTT

    Formula One say they ARE committed to fighting against racism – despite failing to follow other sports in their social media boycott.

    British drivers Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell have all followed Premier League stars in staying off social media until Monday.

    The move is in protest at social media companies' failure to do more to stop online abuse.

    And while F1 continue to post across their social media channels, the sport say they don't believe their failure to stop undermines their own anti-racism message.

    A spokesman said: "F1 is wholly committed to combating any form of discrimination, online or otherwise.

    "We support the actions of the Premier League and other sporting bodies and athletes in highlighting that more must be done to eradicate online abuse that they are receiving directly.

    "We continue to work with all platforms and our own audiences to promote respect and positive values and put a stop to racism."

  • Marc Mayo

    FULL STANDINGS

    Here is how the timesheet looks at the end of FP2:

    1. HAM – 1:19.837
    2. VER – Overcame brake issues early on
    3. BOT – Three tenths off team-mate
    4. SAI
    5. ALO
    6. OCO – Both Alpines in top six
    7. LEC – Second strong session of the day from Ferrari
    8. RIC
    9. STR
    10. PER – Tough day at the office
    11. GAS – Tops the lap count
    12. NOR
    13. RUS
    14. TSU
    15. VET
    16. RAI – Fewest laps after issue
    17. GIO
    18. MSC
    19. LAT – Took a trip to the gravel
    20. MAZ – 1:22.638

    Credit: AP
  • Marc Mayo

    CHEQUERED FLAG

    Lewis Hamilton bounces back from a below-average FP1 to take top spot in afternoon practice.

    With plenty of teams running race preparations, most of the hot laps came early in the session.

    A 1:19.837 kept Hamilton top with Max Verstappen bisecting the Mercedes in the top three.

  • Marc Mayo

    ONE MINUTE TO GO

    Yuki Tsunoda threatens a commentator's curse as he skims wide – but keeps it pointing roughly in the right direction.

  • Marc Mayo

    CLEAN AS A WHISTLE

    Certainly one observation that can be taken at this stage (no matter what happens in the next 90 seconds) is the lack of spills in practice session this year.

    Whether it's the shorter sessions, lack of changes in the regulations from last year, or general worries over costs, drivers are keeping it on the road rather nicely. So far.

  • Marc Mayo

    ALPINE CHALLENGE

    A very decent showing from Alpine in this session, Fernando Alonso leading Esteban Ocon in P5 and P6, respectively.

    Five minutes to go.

  • Marc Mayo

    GET THE CALCULATOR OUT

    Max Verstappen cruising along on the Medium tyres as Red Bull gather some data for Sunday's race.

    This is the part of the weekend where teams crunch the numbers and work out where it all shakes out.

  • Marc Mayo

    TYRED OUT

    Lewis Hamilton tells Mercedes his Softs are out of grip and drifts out of track limits for good measure.

    The Mercs sit alongside Ferrari and AlphaTauri for the most laps this session.

    Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen tally the fewest following brake issues earlier on.

  • Marc Mayo

    FINAL RUNS

    Just 15 minutes to go in the final session of the day, who can stop the Mercedes on the Algarve Rollercoaster?

  • Marc Mayo

    LONG RUNS

    Some race stints underway now with both Mercedes and Ferrari cars out on track.

  • Marc Mayo

    LATIFI OFF

    We haven't seen many spills today and Nicholas Latifi jolts into the gravel at Turn 8.

    The Canadian avoids the barriers and carries on.

  • Marc Mayo

    HALFWAY

    Here is the top ten after 30 minutes of FP2:

    1. HAM
    2. BOT
    3. SAI
    4. ALO
    5. OCO
    6. VER
    7. LEC
    8. STR
    9. PER
    10. RIC
    Credit: Getty

    Source: Read Full Article