Formula One

Hamilton Wins the Unbelievable Drama in Tuscany, Albon With Maiden Podium

Lewis Hamilton. 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix. Image from Mercedes Media Archives.

Lewis Hamilton clinched his 90th victory at the first-ever Tuscan Grand Prix on Mugello. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second, while Alex Albon with Red Bull conquered his maiden Formula One podium. Albon managed to catch and pass Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo at just several laps before the end of the race.

Sergio Perez with Racing Point finished in P5, while Lando Norris took his McLaren to 6th after starting 11 on the grid earlier today. Alpha Tauri’s Daniil Kvyat placed 7th, ahead of Charles Leclerc for Ferrari. Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel finished completed Ferrari’s 1000th race in P8 and P10, respectively. Kimi Raikkonen with Alfa Romeo finished 9th and scored his first points this season. George Russell with Williams and Romain Grosjean with Haas were the only two drivers who finished without receiving points today.

After the start, Monza race winner Pierre Gasly and Kimi Raikkonen tangled while slowing down for turn 2. Their contact happened to be detrimental for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and the three of them collided. Fortunately for Kimi, his Alfa Romeo sustained only minor damages that were quickly repaired during his first pitstop. Unlike he Iceman, Pierre and Max both retired on lap 1, and these three’s collision caused the first Mugello safety car to come out.

The first safety car signaled its coming home towards the end of lap 7, which left then race leader Valtteri Bottas in charge of the restart. However, Bottas wanted to wait until the last possible moment before resuming to race pace, which confused many of the drivers towards the back of the grid. Antonio Giovinazzi started accelerating at a much higher rate than some of the cars ahead of him. Ultimately, the Alfa Romeo driver could not avoid the collision with Williams’ Nicholas Latifi and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen. On top of that, Carlos Sainz placed his accelerating McLaren right behind the big mess ahead and crashed along with the other three drivers. Consequently, the stewards red-flagged the first ever Tuscan Grand Prix to allow time for debris removal.

Lance Stroll with Racing Point suffered a high-speed crash on lap 44 due to a failed tire. Fortunately, the Canadian driver walked away from the horrifying wreck without major injuries. Nevertheless, the accident caused the waiving of red flags for the second time today. Interestingly, the last time a Formula One race was red-flagged twice was in 2016 during Brazilian Grand Prix on Interlagos. Following the cleanup, the race was set for yet another standing start at 5:12PM local time.

Complete official results from the session available HERE.

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