Red Bull saw their cars finish second and fourth at the Portuguese Grand Prix in Portimao.

Max Verstappen had battled for the win but ultimately finished second to the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. Meanwhile, Sergio Perez had lead for a while after being the last person to pit but could only finish fourth by the flag.

The result means Red Bull remain second in the Constructors Championship after 3 races. The Milton Keynes-based team are 28 points behind leaders Mercedes and 30 points ahead of 3rd placed McLaren.

Dutch driver Verstappen is second in the Drivers race, sitting 8 points behind Hamilton. The Red Bull had overtaken Hamilton on the restart after an early safety car, but was overtaken again by the reigning champion a few laps later. He would however later overtake Bottas for third. Initially he was also set to take the fastest lap bonus point after going very quickly on the last lap, but a track limit deletion meant it was taken off him.

Meanwhile, Perez sits sixth in the championship after his first top four finish since joining Red Bull. The Mexican was overtakenin the early stages by Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, but a long stint on the mediums saw him go longer than anyone and he was able to slot into fourth spot.

Verstappen said he felt the car didn’t suit the track, and that second was a positive enough result.

He said, “Something about this track really does not suit our car and I think in general this was a bit of an off weekend in terms of grip and overall pace. We knew last year that we weren’t particularly strong here, so this year has been a bit better and we managed to finish ahead of one Mercedes, but it wasn’t quite good enough to get them both. Nevertheless, second is still a pretty good result and we always knew this season would be up and down in terms of the tracks we were strong at and the ones Mercedes were.

“The race today was pretty decent though and we were all constantly pushing which was nice. I tried to put the pressure on Valtteri in the beginning as he was struggling for grip, but clearly Lewis behind had more pace and he made it past us both. I was then able to undercut Valtteri in the pit stop but you could clearly see on the hard tyres we were just a bit slower, some laps we could match Lewis and others it was just not possible. Towards the end of the race Valtteri was even coming back at me which showed their pace today. It’s a shame the Fastest Lap got taken away, stupid track limits [laughs], they should just put gravel back! It is what it is, we always try and I had the gap so we went for it.”

Perez said it was a busy race that was ultimately compromised by the McLaren, and that 4th was ultimately the limit to their ambitions.

He said, “Today was a busy race on my side! Lando managed to get past me at Turn 4 but I thought he had all four wheels off the track so I didn’t defend thinking he’d have to give the place back due to track limits but that wasn’t the case. It was a misjudgment on my side and a mistake but being stuck behind Lando compromised our race and cost us a lot of time. When I got past him my pace was good but I think the damage had already been done. Afterwards we tried to do something different with strategy by going long in the hope of a Safety Car but it didn’t work out and fourth was the maximum we could do.

“We are definitely making good progression with the car and the race pace, I am understanding it more and more with the extra kilometres I am driving. It’s been very close again with Mercedes all weekend and I think this will be the case for the entire season. Some weekends they will be faster and others we will be so we just have to make sure we keep our heads down and continue working hard.”