Twitter Erupts After a Crazy First Lap at the Portuguese Grand Prix

Published 10/25/2020, 9:51 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Jorge Guerrero

It was the start of dreams for every F1 fan, as the sport provided an exciting first lap start in the Portuguese Grand Prix. The fact that there were some strong winds and droplets of rain only added to the intrigue.

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As usual, the front row lockout of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas saw them take a brilliant start. However, there was plenty of action happening right from the midfield.

In particular, McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, who were starting from P7 and P8, immediately increased the pace. The result saw the former overtake both Mercedes cars to take P1.

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Social media goes ballistic watching the first lap of the Portuguese Grand Prix

Formula 1 is often said to be a ‘boring sport’ because the stronger teams are often dominating the races. In addition, the racing results do not exactly provide competitive balance, which sees different drivers win races and podiums.

Portimao obviously had different plans for all of us. The Twitter reactions from people around the world say it all.

 

With many drivers slipping and swerving, the track clearly did not offer enough grip for the cars. Especially because everyone started either on the Softs or Medium tire compounds, that saw drivers bunch together and unable to keep their starting positions.

Regardless, watching the Portuguese GP’s first lap has ensured yet again, that F1 racing is in no way a done and dusted conclusion.

Max Verstappen did not have a great first lap

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Starting In P3, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen made a good start down the straight and even went ahead of Valtteri Bottas. But, as he came round Turn 1, the position was taken back by the Finnish driver.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal -General view at the start of the race Pool via REUTERS/Jorge Guerrero

Some drama happened a few seconds later, when Max Verstappen shunted the incoming Sergio Perez from P5. Although the FIA investigated the incident, no further action was deemed necessary.

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What was also fascinating to watch was Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen overtake all the way back from P15. At one point in time, he had even reached P6 alongside Max Verstappen.

Bu, these moments only go to show that even the slightest of uncertainties from the drivers in the front grid, can see racing action to a whole different level. And the hope from F1 fans around the world, will be to have many more such exciting races with similar first laps.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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