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Hamilton wins race with two saves and three games | Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton won the Grand Prix of Tuscany on Sunday at the Mugello circuit in Italy, securing his 90th career victory, only one of Michael Schumacher’s records, and Mercedes’ 100th. The Briton consolidated his leadership in the Drivers’ Championship with 190 points, 55 more than teammate Valtteri Bottas, strengthening his bid for the seventh league title.

All in a Grand Prix rich in incidents, starting with the retirement of Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) in the first lap, in addition to two red flags – which has not happened since the Brazilian GP in 2016 – after a start to the race that promised something more for Bottas, he found himself with Alex Albon (Red Bull) trying to steal his second place.

The Finn finally got off to a good start, taking the lead in the face of Hamilton’s worst start, with Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) jumping to third, taking advantage of Verstappen’s blackout.

The Dutchman was automatically swallowed up by the “peloton”, and ended up being hit by Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo), who in turn was dragged by Pierre Gasly, leading Verstappen to the second consecutive retirement after Monza.

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Drama from the off – Bottas gets a flyer but behind Verstappen is in the gravel and out of the race! #TuscanGP ???? # F1 pic.twitter.com/gb6UMCc4cH

– Formula 1 (@ F1) September 13, 2020

For the Frenchman, winner of the Italian Grand Prix the week before, the qualifying “drama” (16th) was about to turn into a nightmare, and he was also in the second corner.

A little further, almost simultaneously, Carlos Sainz (McLaren) gained the upper hand, causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), the German falling to last place after passing through the pits to change the front wing.

Exiting the Safety Car scene in the seventh round, after being activated in the first, would eventually lead to a new, even more violent, incident in the goal straight. Valtteri Bottas made the recovery as long as possible, in a maneuver that proved fatal for Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Nicholas Latifi (Williams).

The Spanish rider crashed at over 260 km / h behind Giovinazzi, dragging Latifi and Magnussen into a vortex of wreckage, causing the race to stop for the second consecutive Grand Prix.

WATCH NOW: Huge drama like big crash after early restart results in red flag and four withdrawals at Mugello ???? # TuscanGP ???? # F1 https://t.co/QSLNgQuC0x

– Formula 1 (@ F1) September 13, 2020

Although indirectly, Valtteri Bottas will suffer the consequences of the strategy which led to a second game, as Lewis Hamilton returned the “kindness” to the Finn, taking advantage of Bottas’ air cone to pass his teammate in the first corner. at the second departure of the day.

From then on, with only 13 cars on the track (Esteban Ocon’s Renault did not return to the race), it was a question of seeing how long Leclerc’s Ferrari had resisted the attacks of the two Racing Point and Daniel Ricciardo ( Renault), while Alex Albon fell seventh on the restart, starting a comeback that led him provisionally and very soon to second place, in the phase of changing the tires of his rivals.

The Italian supporters, when the public returned to the stands, quickly lost their illusions about a feat that would brighten up Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix, which in the midst of eight retirements would find itself at the bottom of the points.

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But the story of Mugello’s return to Formula 1 was not yet over: a violent breakdown by Lance Stroll (Racing Point) 15 laps from the end, caused by a flat tire, led to a second interruption and a third match. .

Stroll’s wrecked car is picked up by the race marshals #TuscanGP ???? # F1 pic.twitter.com/wx4zNr6nLP

– Formula 1 (@ F1) September 13, 2020

It was the last chance for Valtteri Bottas, who just before Stroll’s crash was yearning for a safety car entry to get closer to the English champion. I would have liked it to scare him, losing a place to Daniel Ricciardo in the third game, a setback that the Finn quickly overcame, keeping the Mercedes in the first two places until the end, despite Albon’s intentions, who took the first podium.

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