After two red flags, the Grand Prix of Tuscany came down to a sprint of 13 laps on the spectacular Mugello toboggan. But that did not prevent another Mercedes double, Lewis Hamilton winning ahead of Valtteri Bottas.
The six-time English world champion thus celebrated the 90th success of his F1 career, the sixth already this year. He only needs one more to equal the record held by Michael Schumacher.
Very marked physically, the winner did not take a walk in the hot Italian sun. “This circuit is phenomenal, but very trying,” he said. “With these three starts, we had to stay focused, it was really hard,” he continued.
55 points ahead
In the championship, the Briton, who also signed the fastest lap, has 55 points ahead of his Finnish teammate, who once again said he was disappointed by the outcome of his duel with Hamilton. “It’s disappointing because I had a great start the first time around. But it went less well in the second. It’s like that, ”he explained. He also failed during the third takeoff, losing a place on Ricciardo… and all his chances of going to titillate his leader.
The podium was completed by the Thai Alexander Albon (Red Bull-Honda). This one thus achieved its best result and it suddenly silenced the critics. He got it in a good way by passing Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) a few laps from the end.
The race was eventful in its first phase. A first pile-up in the 1st lap notably eliminated Max Verstappen (Red Bull-Honda) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri-Honda), leading the safety car to enter the track. When the latter returned, a second collision occurred in the middle of the peloton, eliminating four other cars and causing the race to stop momentarily.
Lance Stroll’s violent crash (Racing Point-Mercedes) then caused a second red flag on the 46th of 59 laps. For its first appearance at Mugello, F1 was served. Of the twenty single-seaters competing, only twelve finished the race …
Ferrari far behind
Ferrari, for the 1000th GP in its history, played only a minor role, as one would expect. The two red cars finished in the points, but far behind: Charles Leclerc 8th and Sebastian Vettel 10th.
Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) is inserted between the two. The veteran Finnish thus registered his first two points of the season, which is good for the morale of the team based in Hinwil.
Formula 2: Louis Delétraz 2nd in the sprint
Louis Delétraz (Charouz) had a prosperous weekend at Mugello in Formula 2. The Genevan finished both races on the podium, his 2nd place in the Sunday sprint coming after his 3rd place on Saturday.
In the end, he only missed victory, which always eludes him in Formula 2. But these two consecutive races which ended in the top 3 constitute an excellent result.
The objective will be to reach the top step of the podium.
Louis Deletraz, Geneva pilot
“Two podiums and the best lap on Saturday brought me a lot of points. I’m racing Le Mans next weekend, but I’m already looking forward to the next F2 weekends in Sochi and Bahrain. The objective will be to reach the top step of the podium ”, explained the young Swiss driver.