RACE DEBRIEF

    Mercedes matched Williams' pole position tally thanks to Valtteri Bottas, who himself tied Sir Jackie Stewart's total – but here are some other intriguing facts and numbers from Saturday's qualifying session at Portimao...

    • Mercedes' pole is their 128th, tying Williams for third in the all-time list (though it took the Silver Arrows 500 fewer races to do it).

    • Bottas took his first pole since Sakhir 2020, and tied Sir Jackie Stewart's tally of 17 career poles – only one behind fellow Finn Kimi Raikkonen.

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    • In 171 turbo-hybrid era races, Mercedes have achieved their 71st front-row lockout. That's a hit rate of over 50%.

    • Lewis Hamilton starts second and he has won his last three starts from second on the grid.

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    Hamilton is no stranger to winning from second on the grid... or winning, full stop
    • Max Verstappen will start third, and he won the Grand Prix at Imola last time out… from third.

    • Sergio Perez qualified fourth to make it two Red Bulls in the top four for the second consecutive race – something that Verstappen and Alex Albon achieved twice in the final four races of 2020. However, Verstappen and Perez collided on Lap 1 of last year's Portuguese Grand Prix.

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    • Starting P5, Carlos Sainz has outqualified Charles Leclerc for the first time as his Ferrari team mate.

    • Esteban Ocon's P6 is his best start since Belgium 2020, where he finished fifth from P6.

    • McLaren driver Lando Norris is P7 for the third consecutive weekend.

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    Qualifying results

    POSITION TIME
    1 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes 1:18.348
    2 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:18.355
    3 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing 1:18.746
    4 Sergio Perez PER Red Bull Racing 1:18.890
    5 Carlos Sainz SAI Ferrari 1:19.039
    • Pierre Gasly (P9) will have started fifth twice and ninth three times in the last five races.

    • Sebastian Vettel starts 10th for Aston Martin and has ended a 15-race streak of missing Q3.

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    • George Russell missed Williams' first Q3 appearance since Monza 2018 by just 0.057s. He maintained his record of never being outqualified by a team mate at Williams for the 40th race.

    • Fernando Alonso had not been outqualified by a team mate for 27 races before being outqualified by Ocon in Imola and now Portimao.

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    Alonso has been outqualified by Ocon in consecutive races
    • Daniel Ricciardo qualified 16th in his first Q1 elimination since Japan 2019. He qualified sixth in the opening two races of this season.

    • Ricciardo's was the first McLaren out in Q1 since Carlos Sainz at Brazil 2019 – where Sainz scored his maiden F1 podium.

    • Lance Stroll suffered his first Q1 elimination since Brazil 2019 as well.

    • Finally, Mick Schumacher outqualified Haas team mate Nikita Mazepin for the third straight race.

    HIGHLIGHTS: All the action from qualifying as Bottas grabs pole in Portimao