Formula 1

Hamilton wins stop-start Tuscan GP, only 12 cars finish

Sep 13 2020
By Matt Beer

Lewis Hamilton moved to within one grand prix win of Michael Schumacher’s record tally of 91 by triumphing in a twice-red-flagged first Mugello Formula 1 race.

Hamilton had lost the lead to the faster-starting Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the race’s original beginning, but multiple collisions in the pack meant a rapid safety car deployment.

Monza winner Pierre Gasly and Kimi Raikkonen tangled and collected Romain Grosjean and Max Verstappen – the Red Bull down in the pack having suddenly lost power off the start. This followed a pre-race problem that the team hoped it had rectified.

Just ahead, Carlos Sainz Jr spun following contact with Lance Stroll and was clipped by Sebastian Vettel.

Gasly and Verstappen immediately retired, while Vettel and Raikkonen pitted for repairs.

At the restart, confusion in the pack as midfielders accelerated for a restart at a time when leader Bottas was still controlling the pace approaching the startline led to an enormous multi-car crash on the start-finish straight.

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Tuscan Grand Prix Race Day Mugello, Italy

Sainz, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kevin Magnussen were all eliminated with heavy damage and a red flag was required. Renault retired Esteban Ocon’s car from 10th during the stoppage due to a brake problem.

Although Bottas got away better again at the standing restart, Hamilton went all the way around the outside of him at first corner San Donato.

Bottas stayed in touch with Hamilton until dramatically losing pace with high tyre wear approaching the first pitstops, leaving him 6s behind his team-mate once they’d both pitted.

There was a much closer battle for third in the Mercedes’ wake, initially headed by Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari – which had made two rapid starts.

The Ferrari soon went backwards in racing circumstances and then pitted early, leaving the podium fight between Lance Stroll, Daniel Ricciardo and recovering slow-restarter Alex Albon.

Ricciardo jumped Stroll for third by pitting earliest of the trio, but was coming back under pressure from the Racing Point and Albon heading into the race’s final quarter.

Then Stroll suddenly had a heavy crash in the middle of the fast Arrabbiata corners after what he felt was a tyre failure, prompting a second red flag.

The restart gave Bottas another shot at Hamilton, but instead he fell to third off the line behind Ricciardo.

Though Bottas repassed the Renault into the first corner on the second lap of the final sprint, Hamilton was comfortably clear already and went on to win for the sixth time in 2020’s nine races so far.

Ricciardo could not hang on for Renault’s first podium of its current factory F1 programme as he soon came under attack from Albon – who had dropped behind Sergio Perez at the restart before repassing the Racing Point later in the lap.

Daniel Ricciardo Alex Albon

Albon managed to take third from Ricciardo with a bold outside-line move at San Donato, and was encouraged by engineer Simon Rennie to chase Bottas for second.

A fastest race lap from Bottas (later beaten by Hamilton) soon afterwards showed that would be in vain, and Albon settled for an overdue first F1 podium.

Perez completed the top five ahead of Lando Norris’s McLaren and Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri.

Kimi Raikkonen crossed the line eighth, having gained three places at the final restart, but a five-second time penalty for a pitlane entry infringement dropped him to ninth between the Ferraris of Leclerc and Vettel.

There was heartbreak for George Russell and Williams, who ran in the points for most of the race only to fall to the back at the final restart. He could only regain one place by passing Grosjean’s damaged Haas, and finished 11th.

Race Results

Pos Name Car Laps Laps Led Total Time Fastest Lap Pitstops Pts
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 59 50 17m30.074s 1m18.833s 5 26
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 59 9 +4.88s 1m19.432s 5 18
3 Alex Albon Red Bull-Honda 59 0 +8.064s 1m20.039s 5 15
4 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 59 0 +10.417s 1m20.426s 5 12
5 Sergio Pérez Racing Point-Mercedes 59 0 +15.65s 1m20.632s 5 10
6 Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 59 0 +18.883s 1m21.198s 5 8
7 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri-Honda 59 0 +21.756s 1m21.458s 5 6
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 59 0 +28.345s 1m21.229s 5 4
9 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 59 0 +29.77s 1m21.164s 6 2
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 59 0 +29.983s 1m21.202s 6 1
11 George Russell Williams-Mercedes 59 0 +32.404s 1m21.645s 5 0
12 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 59 0 +42.036s 1m22.263s 5 0
Lance Stroll Racing Point-Mercedes 42 0 DNF 1m22.068s 3 0
Esteban Ocon Renault 7 0 DNF 2m11.793s 2 0
Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 6 0 DNF 2m11.365s 0 0
Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 5 0 DNF 2m13.812s 0 0
Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 5 0 DNF 2m13.809s 0 0
Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 5 0 DNF 2m14.103s 0 0
Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda 1 0 DNF 0s 0 0
Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-Honda 1 0 DNF 0s 0 0
Lewis Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix 2020 Mugello

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