Lewis Hamilton fought back to pass both Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen for a brilliant victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix. The seven-time champion fell to third as Verstappen’s Red Bull overtook him at a restart after an early safety car.
But he passed Verstappen four laps later and then hunted down and did the same to his Mercedes team-mate before moving on to control the race. The win gives Hamilton an eight-point championship lead over Verstappen.
It was a statement race for Hamilton, who has moved on to 97 career Grand Prix victories, and a clear demonstration of his unquenched desire to secure a world record eighth world title this year. But he missed out on the point for the fastest lap after both Verstappen and Bottas pitted for fresh tires to chase it in the closing laps.
The Dutchman, bidding to minimize the damage in his fight with Hamilton for the title thought he had taken it, although his time was deleted for going beyond track limits, and so the point went to Bottas instead.