In the Portuguese GP weekend practice, Valtteri Bottas, who beat the fastest laps, also seemed the strongest in time, but at the very end of the time, Bottas suffered a familiar fate.
The Finn finished second when Lewis Hamilton shook the top time by 0.102 seconds to Bottas.
For Hamilton, Pile Place is already the 97th of his career.
Mercedes drivers switched the final stage of the time trials in the last attempts to medium-hard tires, which were surprisingly faster than the softest alloy in Portimao.
Hamilton drove two fast laps in the medium hard, driving a cooling lap between them.
Bottas, on the other hand, made only one attempt.
- You had to choose between two fast laps with an intermediate cooling lap or one fast lap, which allows you to take in less petrol but suffers little in heating the tire.
It was my own decision to do just one quick lap like in the second time trial section, when it was a workable solution, Bottas said in an interview with David Coulthard and admitted that Hamilton would seem to make a tactically wiser decision.
- It would be nice to be able to start the race from the clean side of the track, but let's see what we can do from the second square.
From the third square, on the clean side of the track, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen attacks the race.