Portuguese Grand Prix 2021: Live race updates, build-up and result

Portuguese Grand Prix LIVE: Lewis Hamilton looks to take control in World Championship battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in Portugal as his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas starts from pole position

  • Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will battle it out in third race of the season 
  • Mercedes’ Bottas starts from pole with Hamilton second in front row lockout 
  • Hamilton claimed a record-breaking 92nd Grand Prix win in Portugal last year  
  • Latest Formula One news, including upcoming races and results 
  • Max Verstappen took the victory at the Emilia Romagna GP last time out 

The third race of the Formula One 2021 season is upon us as the early World Championship battle between Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen rumbles on.

Neither of them could make a statement in qualifying on Saturday as Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position in windy conditions in Portugal.

Seven-time World Champion Hamilton has just a one-point lead over Verstappen in the drivers’ championship ahead of lights out on Sunday.

Follow Sportsmail’s IEUAN IVETT for live Formula One coverage of the Portuguese Grand Prix, including build-up, live updates and the result.  

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With the intriguing spectacle approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.

JONATHAN MCEVOY: We came here to hail Lewis Hamilton for claiming a 100th pole, only to see Valtteri Bottas rip up the script by qualifying seven-thousandths of a second quicker for the Portuguese Grand Prix.

And welcome to Sportsmail’s live F1 coverage of the Portugal Grand Prix. Stay tuned for build-up, race action and the fastest lap times from the Algarve International circuit.

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