2020 Tuscan Grand Prix: Hamilton scores 90th Grand Prix Victory
Rreview of the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix
As F1 left familiar territory this weekend it was still business as usual at the Mugello circuit, on Saturday Lewis Hamilton stormed to Pole Position in Qualifying setting a time of 1:15.144 which was marginally ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas who lined up second. With the two Red Bulls in behind in third and fourth on the grid they were looking to attack Mercedes for the whole 59 Lap race.
As the race began Valtteri Bottas stormed into the lead ahead of Lewis Hamilton into Turn one. We then saw a chaotic Turn two Carlos Sainz got collected by Lance Stroll and got stranded in the middle of the track. Sebastian Vettel broke his front wing in all the carnage while Romain Grosjean spun into the gravel trap. The Honda powered duo of Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen had their races ended on Lap one after being hit by Kimi Raikkonen. The Safety Car was thus deployed on the first Lap.
After the first Safety Car came in on Lap 7 race leader Valtteri Bottas was getting ready for the restart and began to back the pack up. The Finn left it until the very last moment to accelerate however the back of the pack were accelerating at different speeds and they all met in the middle. Nicholas Latifi, Kevin Magnussen, Antonio Giovinazzi and Carlos Sainz were all involved in the incident which brought out the Safety Car initially before the Red Flags were brought out. Esteban Ocon also retired due to a brake issue.
The Grand Prix got underway again from a standing start and Lewis Hamilton snatched the lead back from Valtteri Bottas. As the second start began the Mercedes pulled out a huge advantage over Charles Leclec in third who was under pressure from Canadian Lance Stroll in the Racing Point. Meanwhile Alex Albon endured a dreadful start and dropped from fourth to seventh in the sole Red Bull.
Lance Strolls Crash at Arrabbiata and Red Flag
On Lap 43 Lance Stroll suffered a huge crash at Arrabbiata which brought out the Safety Car. Both Mercedes pitted for fresh tyres with 15 Laps to go along with the rest of the top cars in the race. The Red Flag was subsequently brought out to allow repairs to the barrier to take place.
The Second Restart
Hamilton lined up on Pole for the second time ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Ricciardo in third and we had a 13 Lap shootout ahead of us .Hamilton got a great start as Ricciardo jumped Bottas moving into second place however the Finn snatched it straight back a lap later.
Alex Albons maiden Podium
Alex Albon produced a brilliant drive at Mugello and was rewarded with his maiden Formula One Podium. The Thai driver had two near misses earlier in his F1 career being clattered by Lewis Hamilton in Brazil last year and more recently in Austria earlier this season. Albon kept his nose clean for the whole 59 Laps at Mugello and got rewarded with a brilliant podium.
What happens next?
Next up on the F1 calendar we travel back to familiar territory and the Sochi Autodrom in Russia. A circuit Mercedes have dominated since it's introduction to the calendar in 2014.