Tuscan GP
Credit: Daimler Motorsport

Lewis Hamilton took his 90th F1 win after surviving the chaos in Mugello at the Tuscan Grand Prix. 

He fought his way into the lead beating his teammate Valtteri Bottas off the line at two restarts whilst behind them chaos ensued.

Third place went to Alex Albon taking his debut podium fighting back through the field passing Daniel Ricciardo when it mattered at the end before even putting pressure on Bottas with a few laps to go.

The story of the race took many twists and turns with two red flags and countless incidents with eventually 12 cars staying out of trouble to cross the line on the lead lap.

At the start, Hamilton lost out from pole and Bottas leapt into the lead even coming under pressure from the fast starting Charles Leclerc into turn 1, San Donato.

The first eight laps only featured three corners of racing however when an early safety car was called due to the retirement of Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly at turn 2, Luco.

Verstappen had an ERS issue in the start phase and dropped down the field. Further back, Gasly and Romain Grosjean were squabbling. Both of them got a better run on Raikkonen who had a spurt of wheelspin at just the wrong time.

He touched Gasly’s front wing which went under his wheels. He then collected Grosjean who both spun into the gravel.

Raikkonen’s braking was then gone and he ploughed into the back of Verstappen putting him into the gravel.

Raikkonen and Grosjean were able to carry on but the other two were beached.

The rolling safety car start however caused more issues.

Bottas was leading from Hamilton and to avoid granting Hamilton a gift of a tow, Bottas didn’t launch into the race until he was well down the very long start/finish straight.

However in the process, the rear of the grid was tripping over each other trying to get a jump on one another.

Chaos ensued when cars at the back assumed the race had begun and launched. Latifi and Giovinazzi both got going from 13th and 14th until realising the pack hadn’t gone and Giovinazzi rearended Latifi at speed also collecting Magnussen in 12th.

Carlos Sainz had been tricked into going as well, himself down the order from a spin on lap 1. He then was met with the mayhem ahead and had Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo almost on top of him.

It was a terrifying crash that thankfully all walked away from.

A red flag was almost immediately called to clear up the mess strewn across the main straight. The second in a row following Monza last week.

Under the red flag Esteban Ocon was withdrawn after suffering brake issues in the early phases. By lap 10 there were only 13 runners remaining in the race.

At the second restart, Hamilton and Bottas’ starts were even so Hamilton slipped into the tow and was able to get the launch into a move into turn 1. He took the lead and both Mercs waltzed away with Charles Leclerc behind building a buffer to the fast Lance Stroll and Daniel Ricciardo.

Bottas pitted first of the Mercedes, aggressively calling on Mercedes to give him the opposite tyres to his teammate Hamilton.

But Hamilton simply pitted the lap after onto the same Hard tyres, with Bottas far back after struggling on the medium tyres.

Following the stops however Bottas was on a charge. He consistently set fastest lap after fastest lap. He was pushing whilst Hamilton was conserving. The first medium stint had been perilous for Bottas with the team saying his front right had essentially 0% tread left. The call came for both Mercedes drivers to stay off the kerbs.

The high point for the tyre wear came when Lance Stroll, who was in the fight for third all race, got a puncture between turn’s 8 and 9, the Arrabbiatas, and spun into the barrier bringing out another safety car which was escalated to a red flag when the ferocity of the incident became clear.

Thankfully Stroll was able to step out of the car once he had caught his breath and was back in the pitlane very soon.

The second red flag meant that the race featured a third standing start. This time with Hamilton on pole and Bottas in second. The whole grid on fresh soft tyres.

At the restart, the fast starting Daniel Ricciardo was able to split the Mercedes getting ahead of Bottas but that was reversed the lap later before Albon then pounced on Ricciardo to take third place.

That was how it stayed until the end with fastest lap being taken at numerous points until the end by the Mercedes taking maximum points with a 1-2 and the fastest lap point.

It was a frenetic incident strewn race that Lewis Hamilton once again took control of and became unbeatable.

Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth after holding third for the majority of the race with Sergio Perez behind in fifth.

Lando Norris had a lonely race trying to pressure Perez occasionally but was unable to catch the Racing Point and finished in sixth.

Daniil Kvyat had a strong start at the beginning and was able to stay there crossing the line in second with Charles Leclerc slipping back through the field to 8th in Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix after running third at the early phases.

Kimi Raikkonen got a 5s penalty which was served at the end after crossing the pitlane entry line and dropped to ninth still getting his first points of the season.

Sebastian Vettel finished 10th making it a double points finish for Ferrari at their 1000th race. George Russell was in the points all race but lost out at the final restart and ended up 11th. Romain Grosjean rounded out the finishers in 12th.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 59 L
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 4.88
3 Alex Albon Red Bull 8.064
4 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 10.417
5 Sergio Perez Racing Point 15.65
6 Lando Norris McLaren 18.883
7 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri 21.756
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 28.345
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 29.77
10 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 29.983
11 George Russell Williams 32.404
12 Romain Grosjean AlphaTauri 42.036
DNF Lance Stroll Racing Point
DNF Esteban Ocon Renault
DNF Nicholas Latifi Williams
DNF Kevin Magnussen Haas
DNF Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
DNF Carlos Sainz McLaren
DNF Max Verstappen Red Bull
DNF Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri

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