Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Portuguese GP preview, stats and facts

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Portuguese GP preview, stats and facts

21.10.2020: 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix Portimao 23-25 October 2020 Formula One returns to Portugal for Round 12 of the 2020 season, as the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve makes its debut Toto Talks Portugal

 
2020 Portuguese Grand Prix
Portimao
23-25 October 2020

 

 
Formula One returns to Portugal for Round 12 of the 2020 season, as the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve makes its debut



Toto Talks Portugal
 


Seeing Lewis cross the line in Germany and take his 91st victory was a very special moment. Valtteri's race, however, could not have gone much worse, going from pole position to a DNF and a significant points loss for him in the Drivers' Championship. It was undoubtedly a tough blow at this stage of the season.



We have identified a failed electrical component in the Control Electronics as the cause of the problem and the evidence suggests that swift action in retiring the car prevented mechanical damage to his Power Unit.
 


A DNF is always tough for a driver, but one of Valtteri's biggest strengths is his resilience and his ability to bounce back, so I'm sure he'll be eager to hit the track in Portugal. Portimão is the second completely new circuit of the season, which adds some variability to the potential performance picture.



We had an exciting race at Mugello, the first new venue this year, and since then we have focused on preparing in the best way possible for the other new circuits and maximising the rate of learning when we go to a new track - something that will be especially important during the two-day weekend in Imola next week.


 
The car's performance was good in the last few events both in Qualifying and in the race and we hope that we can maintain the momentum.
 
 



Fast Facts: Portuguese Grand Prix





•    One of the most striking characteristics of Portimão is the elevation change, with the track rising and falling frequently - and on occasion, quite steeply - throughout the lap.


•    The undulations create some blind corner apexes and exits, which can make it tougher to learn the circuit and build up speed during those initial laps.


•    We're expecting overtaking to be tricky in Portugal due to the flowing nature of the track and lack of heavy braking zones. The only DRS zone is on the main straight and the quick final corner will make it harder for cars to keep a tight gap. The zone itself is very long, so this should give drivers the chance to close up on their rivals.


•    The Turn 10/11 complex is anticipated to be the most challenging part of the circuit for the drivers, because it's a double-right with a blind entry and a downhill drop on exit.


•    However, there's also an unknown ahead of the event as to whether Turn 10 should actually be classified as a corner - some maps of the track do so, therefore giving the track 15 corners, while others say it isn't and state there are only 14.


•    On paper, the track layout itself should suit higher downforce levels but because of the long main straight, we're likely to see teams trialling different wing settings in practice to decide where the compromise is - being faster in the corners or protecting yourself on the long straight.

 





Stat Attack: Portugal and Beyond

 

 
2020 Portuguese Prix Timetable

 
Session          Local Time (WEST/WET)          Brackley (BST/GMT)          Stuttgart (CEST/CET)


Practice 1 (Friday)          11:00-12:30          11:00-12:30          11:00-12:30
Practice 2 (Friday)          15:00-16:30          15:00-16:30          15:00-16:30
Practice 3 (Saturday)          11:00-12:00          11:00-12:00          11:00-12:00
Qualifying (Saturday)          14:00-15:00          14:00-15:00          14:00-15:00
Race (Sunday)          13:10-15:10          13:10-15:10          13:10-15:10

 

 
Race Records - Mercedes F1 at the Portuguese Grand Prix

 

Starts          Wins          Podium Places          Poles          Front Row          Fastest Laps          DNF


Mercedes          0          0          0          0          0          0          0
Hamilton          0          0          0          0          0          0          0
Bottas          0          0          0          0          0          0          0
MB Power          3          0          0          0          0          0          4

 
 
Technical Stats - Season to Date (Barcelona Pre-Season Test 1 to Present)
 


Laps Completed          Distance Covered (km)          Corners Taken          Gear Changes          PETRONAS Fuel Injections




Mercedes          4,049          20,656          60,357          167,905          161,960,000

Hamilton          2,054          10,473          30,648          85,535          82,160,000

Bottas          1,995          10,183          29,709          82,370          79,800,000

MB Power          11,274          80,388          167,922          466,724          450,960,000

 
 


Mercedes-Benz in Formula One

 


Starts          Wins          Podium Places          Poles          Front Row          Fastest Laps          1-2 Wins          Front Row Lockouts



Mercedes (All Time)          221          111          228          122          220          81          56          72

Mercedes (Since 2010)          209          102          211          114          200          72          51          70

Hamilton          261          91          160          96          155          51          N/A          N/A

Bottas          150          9          53          14          35          15          N/A          N/A


MB Power          491          197          497          205          400          176          87          109

 
 


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