The 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix takes place this weekend with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen back to battle – everything you need to know before the race
- The 2021 F1 season continues on Sunday with the Portuguese Grand Prix
- Max Verstappen triumphed last time during the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna
- The battle between Hamilton and Max Verstappen of Red Bull continues
- Hamilton won the Grand Prix last year, with teammate Valtteri Bottas in second place
After a thrilling two-race opening for the 2021 Formula 1 campaign, the action will resume this weekend with the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton put on a defensive masterclass to claim the first race of the season in Bahrain, but made a costly mistake at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix when rival Max Verstappen took the win.
The action resumes on Sunday at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve with the Portuguese Grand Prix, which was a historic race last year, with Hamilton claiming his record-breaking 92nd victory.
The Briton is only a lone point ahead of his rival Verstappen on his way to the third Grand Prix of the season, and after such a tragedy in the first lap last year, we can only hope for another race that is just as entertaining .
With the intriguing spectacle approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Lewis Hamilton took his record 92nd Grand Prix victory at the GP of Portugal last year
When is the Portuguese Grand Prix?
The Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, May 2, with the race starting at 3pm BST.
The first and second practice session will take place on Friday, April 30, with each session lasting one hour.
The last practice session starts on Saturday morning at 12:00 PM, before qualifying starts at 3:00 PM on the same day.
How to watch the Portuguese Grand Prix
As with the entire 2021 season, Sunday’s Grand Prix will be available to watch the Sky Sports Formula One channel.
Sky Sports subscribers can also watch the race online by streaming it on Sky Go.
Viewers can also purchase a Sky Sports day pass with it NowTV for £ 9.99, with a monthly pass for £ 33.99.
Channel 4 also features highlights from the qualifying rounds at 7:30 pm BST on Saturday and the race itself at 6:30 pm on Sunday.
Also on Sundays you can keep up to date with the build-up and the race itself with Sportsmail.
Portuguese Grand Prix racing schedule
The race at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve starts on Sunday, May 2 at 3 p.m.
With Red Bull looking so strong this season, qualifying is now more important than ever for the likes of Hamilton and Mercedes.
It’s not all and nothing, of course, with Hamilton finishing in second place last time after starting on pole.
Nevertheless, both practice sessions and qualifying sessions will give us an early indication of how the race will go. Below you will find the full match schedule.
Friday, April 30
- Exercise 1: 11.30 am
- Exercise 2:15 pm
Saturday May 1
- Exercise 3: 12 hours
- Qualifying: 3 p.m.
Sunday May 2
Opportunities for the Portuguese Grand Prix
Hamilton and his rival Max Verstappen (right) will compete again on Sunday
With Hamilton and Verstappen each claiming a win in the first two races of the season, it’s no surprise that the pair are inseparable from the bookies.
As mentioned, it was Hamilton who took the victory in the Portuguese Grand Prix last year, but he and Verstappen come into the race this year as joint favorites, while Valtteri Bottas is third.
- Max Verstappen – 5/4
- Lewis Hamilton – 5/4
- Valtteri Bottas – 8/1
- Sergio Perez – 1/8
- Lando Norris – 30/1
- Charles Leclerc – 30/1
* Odds according to Betfair and correct at time of publication.
Details of the Portuguese Grand Prix race
2020 Winner: Lewis Hamilton
Circuit length: 4,653 km
Race distance: 306,826km
Lap record: 1: 18.750 (Lewis Hamilton, 2020)
First Grand Prix: 2020
Formula 1 driver stand
Hamilton tops the standings after claiming a bonus point for the fastest lap the last time-out
Formula 1 constructors classification
Mercedes remains at the top of the manufacturers’ standings after the first two races of the season