Portimao, Sunday 25th October 2020
- Race: P6, 65 laps
- Carlos Sainz finished sixth at the Portuguese GP after performing the best start of his career in Formula 1. Seventh on the grid and under the rain, he passed Albon at the start and Leclerc in Turn 1 to move up to P5, then Perez and Verstappen to be P3 and finally both Mercedes to lead the race for six laps.
- The McLaren driver was running in sixth place as he approached the pit window. He pitted on Lap 26 and switched to mediums. Ninth after the pit-stops, he passed both Renaults and the Racing Point of Sergio Pérez on the last lap to finish sixth”.
"Portugal was a fought race indeed. It was one of the most challenging ones I have experienced as a Formula 1 driver. Low temperatures, slippery track, rain at the start and some drizzle from time to time, graining on both compounds and strong winds. It was a hard-fought Sunday indeed, so I am happy, even though I would have loved to stay in P1 until the end”.
"You always have to fight whenever an opportunity comes your way. I knew that, once the track was completely dry, I wouldn’t be able to hold on to the lead for much longer. Still, moving from P7 to P1 was a thrill and also a challenge given the rainy conditions. For the rest of the race, our biggest challenge was managing the graining on our tyres. But I am happy with this P6, we fought hard for it. Now on to Imola!".
Emilia Romagna GP, Imola – 31st October-1st November