Lewis Hamilton Units Quickest Time in Portugal in Second Follow as He Heads Off Social Media
World champion Lewis Hamilton set the quickest time in second observe for the Portuguese Grand Prix on Friday earlier than heading off the social media grid to protest on-line abuse. The British driver clocked 1min 19.837sec within the Mercedes to edge out Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen on 1min 19.980sec with Valtteri Bottas, within the second Mercedes, in third on 1min 20.181sec. Bottas had set the quickest time within the morning session with 1min 19.648sec. The afternoon session at Portimao was delayed by 10 minutes to repair a defective manhole cowl earlier than Hamilton set the tempo, topping observe for the primary time this season.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton leads the season standings by one level from Verstappen after he gained the opener in Bahrain earlier than his Dutch rival hit again within the Emilia Romagna GP at Imola.
Hamilton, in the meantime, mentioned he was becoming a member of the weekend-long social media blackout that includes a bunch of worldwide sports activities our bodies in addition to people in a protest over on-line abuse.
“Whereas a boycott won’t resolve this situation in a single day, we’ve got to name for change when wanted even when it looks like an unimaginable process,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram the place he has 22 million followers.
As he seemed forward to the weekend on the monitor, Hamilton predicted one other tense tussle with Purple Bull.
“We glance very shut, I feel will probably be tight,” he mentioned.
“I don’t know the way Max’s lap went, however mine wasn’t excellent. The automotive might be even quicker and there are enhancements potential.”
A 3rd observe session takes place on Saturday at 1100GMT earlier than a 1400GMT begin for qualifying.
Verstappen, who was additionally second quickest within the morning, insisted there was little to separate Purple Bull and Mercedes.
Nonetheless, he was cautious of the monitor situations.
“The situations are similar to final 12 months and the tarmac is tremendous slippery,” mentioned Verstappen.
“It appears tight with Mercedes this weekend once more and the automotive felt alright however we nonetheless have some work to do forward of tomorrow, that’s for positive.”
2nd observe session occasions:
Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:19.837 (33 laps), Max Verstappen (NED/Purple Bull-Honda) 1:19.980 (26), Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:20.181 (28), Carlos Sainz (ESP/Ferrari) 1:20.197 (33), Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) 1:20.220 (32), Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) 1:20.235 (31), Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:20.360 (33), Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:20.418 (31), Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:20.427 (31), Sergio Pérez (MEX/Purple Bull-Honda) 1:20.516 (28), Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Honda) 1:20.558 (34), Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 1:20.757 (28), George Russell (GBR/Williams-Mercedes) 1:20.976 (32), Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Honda) 1:21.053 (33), Sebastian Vettel (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:21.074 (32), Kimi Räikkönen (FIN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 1:21.225 (22), Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 1:21.238 (32), Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 1:21.537 (29), Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:21.855 (31), Nikita Mazepin (RUS/Haas-Ferrari) 1:22.638 (28)