The Formula 1 2021 campaign continues its course today with the third Grand Prix Race of the year at Portimão. The Portuguese Grand Prix is an exhibition in motorsports that first took place in 1951 as an event of a sportscar and then disappeared intermittents for a lot of years.

The Formula Three competition was held in 1964 and the Formula Three editions of 1965 and 1966. It was part of the 1960/1960 Formula One World Cup, from 1984 to 1996, and was resurrected in 2020 after a lengthy hiatus. It has had several circuits throughout though the years.

The race returned to Portimão for the 2020 season to help fill the sports calendar in view of other races that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the first Grand Prix for the event held on 25 October 2020. The race saw Lewis Hamilton win his 92nd Grand Prix, shattering the previous record for the majority of Formula One Grand Prix victories by Michael Schumacher.

2021 Portuguese Grand Prix: Starting grid

Verstappen seemed to be taking the leading spot, but the Red Bull driver was apparently affected by the heat. Rather, Mercedes had a wonderful afternoon as Bottas took the pole position, despite being Hamilton being very close. Ricciardo, who fell out at 1Q and will start the race on 16th today, must be the greatest disappointment.

1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)

5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

6. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)

7. Lando Norris (McLaren)

8. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

9. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)

10. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)

11. George Russell (Williams)

12. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)

13. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)

14. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)

15. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)

16. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)

17. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)

18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

19. Mick Schumacher (Haas)

20. Nikita Mazepin (Haas)

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP (left), Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes (center), and Max Verstappen of Red Bull (right). (Getty)

2021 Portuguese Grand Prix: Date

The Portuguese Grand Prix Race will take place today, May 2, 2021, at Algarve International Circuit. It will have 66 laps in a circuit with 4.653 kilometers.

2021 Portuguese Grand Prix: Time by State in the US

ET: 10:00 AM
CT: 9:00 AM
MT: 9:00 AM
PT: 7:00 AM

TV Channel in the US to watch 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix

The third race of the Formula One World Championship 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix will be broadcasted on ESPN in the United States.

Valtteri Bottas (left) interacts with teammate Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes (right). (Getty)

2021 Portuguese Grand Prix: Storylines

It's been five weeks since the beginning of the new Formula 1 2021 season. So far, the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, took place on March 28, while the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola Circuit, Imola, happened on April 18. This will be the third out of 23 Grand Prix events during the year.

Mercedes are once again expected to be dominating the standings, both the drivers' table with their main superstar Hamilton and the constructors' as well, in which they finished atop in the last seven years. With Ferrari failing to be a strong contender in the last seasons, Red Bull are set to step up to finish Mercedes' kingdom.

2021 Portuguese Grand Prix: Predictions And Odds

The oddsmakers have made their predictions for today's race in Portimão, and both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen are seen as favorites. FanDuel has given odds of -380 odds to both, while a Valteri Bottas victory would result in a -185 payout, and Sergio Pérez has odds of +170, and Carlos Sainz is at +410.

Lewis Hamilton -380
Max Verstappen   -380
Valteri Bottas -185
Sergio Pérez  +170
Carlos Sainz +410

* Odds by FanDuel