A gripping qualifying session on a not-so-grippy Portimao circuit threw up some interesting facts and stats, including one that shows despite all their recent dominance, Mercedes still have a long way to go to match one long-standing Williams F1 record…
- This was Mercedes’ 13th-consecutive pole position, which is the sixth-longest streak in F1. The record, however, belongs to Williams, who took 24 poles in a row from 1992-93.
- Lewis Hamilton took his 97th career pole position and ninth pole of 2020 for the Portuguese Grand Prix.
- Valtteri Bottas lost out to his team mate after topping every practice session – exactly the same as at Mugello.
- Mercedes made it nine front-row lockouts in the last 10 races, only missing out at Sochi.
- Max Verstappen managed third on the grid for Red Bull, the sixth time he has done so in the last nine races.
- Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc qualified fourth for the third time in 2020, and this is the second consecutive race he’s put his SF1000 there.
- Sebastian Vettel was outqualified by Leclerc for the ninth consecutive race.
- In P5 on the grid for this race, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez has now qualified P4, P5, P6, P7, P8 and P9 this season – without a top-three start in his career.