Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton won an incident-packed Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday 13 September.
The victory sees Hamilton extend his lead at the top of the Formula One drivers’ championship.
Hamilton rises above Tuscan GP chaos
Hamilton finished ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to claim his 90th F1 victory in a race which only 12 drivers finished, moving the Briton to within one win of equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.
“It’s was all a bit of a daze,” said Hamilton to Sky Sports.
“It was incredibly tough today… All the those restarts, the concentration that’s needed during that time, it was really, really hard.”
Hamilton is now on 190 points, some 55 ahead of Bottas and is also on course this season to equal Schumacher’s record of seven world titles after claiming his sixth win in nine races this year.
Albon comes good
Alex Albon finished third, claiming his first podium finish for Red Bull, after a thrilling drive to compensate his team for the early exit of Max Verstappen in the first of two multi-car collisions in a race of three Safety Car interventions.
The race took two hours and 25 minutes to complete, with the spells behind the Safety Car adding up to 76 minutes.
A late red flag, the second of the race – after Racing Point’s Lance Stroll went off at Arrabbiata 2 while holding fourth place – set up a dramatic finish to the first Grand Prix to be held at Mugello.
Albon pulled off a fantastic move on Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo to claim an important third with eight laps of the race to go.
Ricciardo was left to come home fourth, tantalisingly close to his first podium with Renault, as Sergio Perez finished fifth for Racing Point. With just 12 runners classified at the finish, Lando Norris was sixth for McLaren, ahead of the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc classified eighth at the team’s 1,000th Grand Prix.
Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen was ninth after receiving a five-second race penalty, with the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel rounding out the top 10. That left Williams’ George Russell 11th, agonisingly close to the team’s first points of the year, while Haas’ Romain Grosjean finished 12th of 12.
Tuscan Grand Prix results
|3||23||Alexander Albon||RED BULL RACING HONDA||59||+8.064s||15|
|5||11||Sergio Perez||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||59||+15.650s||10|
|6||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN RENAULT||59||+18.883s||8|
|7||26||Daniil Kvyat||ALPHATAURI HONDA||59||+21.756s||6|
|9||7||Kimi Räikkönen||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||59||+29.770s||2|
|11||63||George Russell||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||59||+32.404s||0|
|12||8||Romain Grosjean||HAAS FERRARI||59||+42.036s||0|
|NC||18||Lance Stroll||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||42||DNF||0|
|NC||6||Nicholas Latifi||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||6||DNF||0|
|NC||20||Kevin Magnussen||HAAS FERRARI||5||DNF||0|
|NC||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||5||DNF||0|
|NC||55||Carlos Sainz||MCLAREN RENAULT||5||DNF||0|
|NC||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||0||DNF||0|
|NC||10||Pierre Gasly||ALPHATAURI HONDA||0||DNF||0|
* Provisional results. Note – Hamilton scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race. Raikkonen received a 5-second time penalty for crossing the line at pit entry.
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