What we can take away from the "Chaotic" Tuscan Grand Prix
Thank god for that halo... Hamilton beats Bottas to win the crazy Tuscan GP, as Alex Albon secures his first podium in Formula 1!
Today at the never raced before track, Mugello, the Tuscan Grand Prix was held. Mugello was thought to be a dull race but let me tell you, it served up an absolute astonishing race, in its first ever Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton taking his 90th win in Formula 1, from his team mate Valtteri Bottas in an action-packed race that saw two dramatic multi-car crashes within the first nine laps. And guess what? With two red flag stoppages! It was like three sprint races packed into one long race, and an exciting finale that showed the fight between almost podium winner Daniel Ricciardo and Alex Albon, with Alex scoring his first F1 podium!
2020 Tuscan Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo came home to fourth, number 3 was so close to his first podium with Renault. Racing in 3rd for most of the race, and 2nd for about a lap after the the second red flag, giving us a lot of suspense throughout the whole race, everyone wanted to see the honey badger on the podium again. Daniels last podium was 2018 with Red Bull in Monaco. With just 12 runners classified at the finish, most of the driver did not finish due to the huge and dramatic crashes in the beginning on the race, causing one of the races Red Flags.
During the beginning Max Verstappen and Monza winner Pierre Gasly’s race only lasted for one lap, with both caught up in a huge confusing rumpus at Turn 2. With Verstappen having already suffered a power unit issue that saw him fall down the order and lose power before getting kicked off, with Gasly and Romain caught up in the incident as well, but Romain was able to get his car working again. Mclaren's, Carlos Sainz spinning out in the front, having contact with Four time World Champion, Sebastian Vettel. Everyone was able to walk away, thankfully.
Just a few seconds after the the Safety Car ended and they started racing again, it then led to a huge accident at the Lap 7 race restart, with Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kevin Magnussen and Nicholas Latifi all taken out of the race, with huge damage. Thankfully without serious injury, everyone was able to walk away. Carlos Sainz escaped his huge crash with a hurting hand, but nothing too severe. The race was red flagged while the debris and the cars were cleared up. Making it the 2nd race this season with a red flag, the last race with a red flag was Monza, last week. During this red flag, Renault's Estaban Ocon was also retired from the race, due to brake issues. The Drivers trying to hydrate and to get back into the zone to start race the again. "Red flags make everything difficult" The drivers explained after the race. It causes stress to the drivers, and it can change their mood, zone and their cars as well.
Many laps after the first red flag, a second red flag came on Lap 45 after Racing Points, Lance Stroll’s had a pretty bad accident, a very big accident, that also resulted the car being almost teared apart from a fire that could not be put out. Thankfully Stroll was able to walk away from that, but Lance said it lost him a potential podium, at Mugello.
During the seocned red flag, it was even harder for the drivers to get back into their zone. Making this race at Mugello have three starts. Ricciardo was starting third, which means if he started off right he could have a podium, but it wasn't that easy. Daniel had another problem, Alex Albon was behind him at fourth also fighting for a podium, and he could easily take it from Ricciardo because of this unexpected stop.
Daniel Ricciardo during the Seconed Red Flag
Lights out, and Ricciardo started off strong, even passing Valterri Bottas in the Mercedes to take P2, but eventually was passed, dropping to P3. Alex came around with more pace and took the podium spot from Daniel Ricciardo. Resulting in one of the most epic races we have seen. Ending in a Mercedes 1-2 and having Lewis Hamilton, Valterri Bottas and Alexander Albon finishing the podium spots, with Ricciardo down in fourth, also taking Driver Of The Day.
Mugello, what a circuit. Making for a first race at Mugello that won’t be soon forgotten. We can take away many thing from this race, we can take away lessons and many learning experiences. Who would have thought such a astonishing, interesting and exiting race could happen here. Even though there was hardships, struggles and mistakes throughout the race, it brought us Formula 1 fans closer, and reminding us why we love this sport so much. This race will be one to remember. We can joke on the teams all we want, we can bash the drivers that we don't like, we can take away the sadness and the happiness, we can laugh at the stupid mistakes. But they cant take away our love for Formula 1, no one matter what happens in this sport, no matter if our favorite team is doing bad, these types of races and moments like today, showed us and reminded us of the sport we all love! Grazie Ragazzi!