Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog on NU.nl.

My name is Patrick Moeke and I will keep you informed of all developments at the Grand Prix of Portugal this weekend.

Lots of fun!



  • GP Portugal

  • LIVE: Qualification

  • Started half an hour later

a few seconds ago

Bull through to the top 10 showdown 🤘 #PortugueseGP 🇵🇹 # F1

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Avatar Author Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Moment of places 16: 12 - 24 October 2020

a few seconds ago

FINISH Q2

- George Russell even beats Sebastian Vettel to finish 14th.

Max Verstappen is third behind the Mercedes duo to Q3.

The dropouts:



11. Esteban Ocon


12. Lance Stroll


13. Daniil Kvyat


14. George Russell


15. Sebastian Vettel

2 minutes ago

FINISH Q2 -

Slider by Daniel Ricciardo, who still manages to get his Renault out of the gravel.

The session has already ended, but several riders are still on the way.

2 minutes ago

6 minutes ago

Another 2 minutes

- The Mercedes drivers stay inside, but all other drivers are still on their way.

7 minutes ago

Another 3 minutes (Q2)

- Verstappen continues: "Even in turn 1 it is terrible. I have no confidence at all to go full steam ahead there."

9 minutes ago

Another 6 minutes (Q2)

- Verstappen is not happy with his car "I still have no grip."

10 minutes ago

8 more minutes

- Verstappen improves slightly and is approaching Bottas' fastest time to six tenths.

13 minutes ago

9 more minutes (Q2)

- Not a perfect first round for Verstappen, who has to settle for fourth place.

Bottas, Pérez and Norris are all faster than the Red Bull driver.

13 minutes ago

14 minutes ago

11 more minutes (Q2)

- Hamilton interrupts his first fast lap because he is troubled by traffic.

His teammate Valtteri Bottas is by far the fastest, but Verstappen has not yet recorded a time.

17 minutes ago

Another 13 minutes -

Hamilton, Bottas, Leclerc and Vettel will try it on the medium band.

Max Verstappen rides outside on soft rubber.

18 minutes ago

Another 15 minutes (Q2)

- The second qualifying session is underway.

Are there drivers who dare to qualify on the medium band?

19 minutes ago

Mr Saturday back at it again!

😎 @ GeorgeRussell63 fires himself into Q2 #PortugueseGP 🇵🇹 # F1

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Avatar Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 15: 54 - 24 October 2020

23 minutes ago

FINISH Q1

- George Russell does it again and reaches Q2 in 15th place.

Furthermore, the usual names are among the dropouts.

Max Verstappen finishes second in the first qualifying session.

The dropouts:



16. Kimi Räikkönen


17. Antonio Giovinazzi


18. Romain Grosjean


19. Kevin Magnussen 


20. Nicholas Latifi

23 minutes ago

27 minutes ago

Verstappen split the Mercedes drivers for the time being in Q1.

After a minor off, Verstappen goes quickest with a 1: 16.879, until Hamilton bests him by just 0.051s #PortugueseGP 🇵🇹 # F1

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Avatar Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 15: 45 - October 24, 2020

28 minutes ago

Not the curbstones, but the manhole covers are to be avoided by the Mercedes drivers.

Stay off the k̶e̶r̶b̶s̶ drains.Stay off the k̶e̶r̶b̶s̶ drains.Stay off the k̶e̶r̶b̶s̶ drains.Stay off the k̶e̶r̶b̶s̶ drains.Stay off the ke̶r̶b̶s̶̶ drains.

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Avatar Author Mercedes-AMG F1 Moment of places 15: 44 - October 24, 2020

31 minutes ago

Another 5 minutes (Q1)

- With this time, Verstappen is of course sure of Q2.

In the danger zone:



14. Vettel


15. Giovinazzi



16. Grosjean


17. Räikkönen


18. Russell


19. Magnussen


20. Latifi

32 minutes ago

Another 6 minutes

(Q1)

- Hamilton refers Verstappen to P2 again and is in turn half a tenth faster than the Red Bull driver.

33 minutes ago

Another 7 minutes (Q1)

- Verstappen is the fastest time.

With 1.16.879, the Dutchman is half a tenth faster than Bottas.

33 minutes ago

33 minutes ago

8 more minutes (Q1)

- The best fifteen drivers advance to Q2.

In the danger zone:



14. Vettel


15. Giovinazzi



16. Grosjean


17. Räikkönen


18. Russell


19. Magnussen


20. Latifi

36 minutes ago

Another 11 minutes (Q1)

- Bottas tops the times list and is six tenths faster than Verstappen.

This morning the Mercedes drivers went half a beat faster than they are now.

37 minutes ago

12 more minutes (Q1)

- Verstappen clocked second time in his first timed lap.

The Dutchman admits seven hundredths to Pérez.

40 minutes ago

Another 15 minutes (Q1)

- All drivers are outside, except for the Mercedes drivers.

Sergio Pérez (1.18.084) is currently the fastest.

43 minutes ago

Another 18 minutes (Q1)

- Green!

Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Portugal is on its way after a half hour delay.

Hopefully the manhole covers will stick.

43 minutes ago

an hour ago

The drivers climb into their cars.

It seems that we will qualify at 3.30 pm.

Suit up in progress 👌 #PortugueseGP 🇵🇹 # F1

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Avatar Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 15: 24 - 24 October 2020

an hour ago

Our Formula 1 reporter Joost Nederpelt is prepared for all scenarios.

If a large number of those grids turn out to be loose, then we will not be driving today, I fear.

# F1

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Avatar Author Joost Nederpelt Moment of places 15: 14 - 24 October 2020

an hour ago

Work is now also underway on other manhole covers (or gutter grates ...) on the circuit.

The work may still take longer than thirty minutes.

an hour ago

According to

Ziggo Sport

commentator Olav Mol, we should speak of a loosened gutter grille and not a manhole cover.

Whose deed.

🚨RACE CONTROL🚨The start of #Quali is 30 minutes delayed due to track repairs in progress at turn 14. #PortugueseGP 🇵🇹 # essereFerrari🔴

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Avatar Author Scuderia Ferrari Moment of places 15:00 - 24 October 2020

an hour ago

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Manhole covers have also come loose in Monaco.

Jenson Button was very lucky in 2016 that this manhole cover did not bounce into his cockpit.

# F1

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Avatar Author Patrick Moeke Moment of places 11:58 - 26 April 2019

an hour ago

During VT2 in Malaysia 2017, Romain Grosjean crashed heavily through a loose manhole cover.

Haas then had $ 750,000 in damage and struck a deal with the circuit.

# F1

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Avatar Author Patrick Moeke Moment of places 11: 32 - 26 April 2019

an hour ago

It is by no means the first time that a manhole cover causes a delay at a Formula 1 session.

Last year, much of the first free practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix fell into the water after George Russell pulled a manhole cover from the ground.

His Williams was written off after this incident.

RED FLAG: The session is halted after George Russell encounters trouble with a drain cover and is forced to a standstillTrack repairs underway in Baku 👀 #AzerbaijanGP 🇦🇿 # F1

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Avatar Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 11: 18 - 26 April 2019

an hour ago

Hold up.

✋ Quali has been delayed by 30 minutes while @ F1 give those drains a good checking over.

👀

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Avatar Author Mercedes-AMG F1 Moment of places 14: 54 - October 24, 2020

an hour ago

Race director Michael Masi himself takes a look at the work.

# F1 🇵🇹 #PortugueseGP #Algarve - ⏱️ # Q1⚠️ Atención! El inicio de la clasifica se atrasa 30 minutos ... siguen trabajando en las rejillas!

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Avatar Author🏁 Vivo F1Moment of places14: 49 - October 24, 2020

an hour ago

Qualification postponed for half an hour due to a loose manhole cover.


A manhole

cover has come

loose and qualifying for the Grand Prix of Portugal is postponed for half an hour.

At the end of the third free practice, a manhole cover came off, after which the circuit was thoroughly checked.

The repairs in turn 14, the point where the well is, are still not completed.

2 hours ago

Another half hour until qualifying for the Grand Prix of Portugal.

Who will take pole position on Portimão?

Countdown is on to quali ⏳ #PortugueseGP

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Avatar Author Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Moment of places 14: 34 - October 24, 2020

2 hours ago

NU.nl reporters Joost Nederpelt and Patrick Moeke look ahead to the Grand Prix of Portugal with presenter Bas Scharwachter.

New F1 circuit: 'It will just be Verstappen against Mercedes again'

2 hours ago

At 3 p.m. we will qualify in Portimão at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve.

The last polesitters in Portugal, when the Grand Prix was still held at Estoril:



  • 1996 - Damon Hill - Williams 📸

  • 1995 - David Coulthard - Williams

  • 1994 - Gerhard Berger - Ferrari

  • 1993 - Damon Hill - Williams

  • 1992 - Nigel Mansell - Williams

  • 1991 - Ricardo Patrese - Williams

3 hours ago

All figures of the third free practice in a row.

Verstappen concedes a tenth on Bottas' fastest time.

The full FP3 rundown 👀 #PortugueseGP 🇵🇹 # F1

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Avatar Author Formula 1 Moment of publication 13: 10 - 24 October 2020

3 hours ago

Verstappen is close behind Mercedes drivers in last practice Portimão


Max Verstappen finishes third in the last free practice for the Grand Prix of Portugal.

Only Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton are slightly faster than the Dutchman.

It is striking that Verstappen records his fastest time on the medium band.

He has ridden on soft rubber, but does not improve on it.

Hamilton and Bottas do clock their fastest times on the red belt.

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