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Hamilton wins crash-marred Tuscan Grand Prix

AP/Mugello (Italy)
Filed on September 13, 2020
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday. - Reuters

Mercedes' driver now moves one behind Michael Schumacher's record

Lewis Hamilton won a hectic Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday to clinch his 90th Formula One win and move one behind Michael Schumacher's record.

The first F1 race on a Mugello track with super-fast corners usually used by MotoGP riders was incident-packed throughout. Two crashes on the first seven laps saw six drivers go out, and a red flag suspended the race for the first time after the second one.

A second red flag late on following Lance Stroll's heavy crash meant another grid restart - on Lap 46 of 59 - and gave Valtteri Bottas another chance to beat race leader Hamilton if he made a strong start from second.

Hamilton held firm and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo overtook Bottas, who passed him back to finish second but lose more ground to Hamilton in the title race.

Bottas pushed hard and got to within 1.1 seconds of Hamilton on the penultimate lap but the British driver clocked a fastest lap on the last one to take a bonus point.

Red Bull driver Alexander Albon drove well to finish third and clinch a firsr career podium that will boost his chances of keeping his seat alongside team star Max Verstappen next year.

Hamilton can equal Schumacher's record for wins at the Russian GP in two weeks and take a step closer to matching Schumacher's record of seven world titles.

RESULTS / STANDINGS

1. (1) Lewis Hamilton, Great Britain, Mercedes, 59 laps, 17:30.074, 25 points.

2. (2) Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Mercedes, 59, +4.880 seconds, 18.

3. (4) Alexander Albon, Thailand, Red Bull Racing Honda, 59, +8.064, 15.

4. (8) Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Renault, 59, +10.417, 12.

5. (7) Sergio Perez, Mexico, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, 59, +15.650, 10.

6. (11) Lando Norris, Great Britain, McLaren Renault, 59, +18.883, 8.

7. (12) Daniil Kvyat, Russia, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, 59, +21.756, 6.

8. (5) Charles Leclerc, Monaco, Ferrari, 59, +28.345, 4.

9. (13) Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, 59, +29.770, 2.

10. (14) Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Ferrari, 59, +29.983, 1.

11. (18) George Russell, Great Britain, Williams Mercedes, 59, +32.404.

12. (15) Romain Grosjean, France, Haas Ferrari, 59, +42.036.

13. (6) Lance Stroll, Canada, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, did not finish, 42.

14. (10) Esteban Ocon, France, Renault, did not finish, 7.

15. (19) Nicholas Latifi, Canada, Williams Mercedes, did not finish, 6.

16. (20) Kevin Magnussen, Denmark, Haas Ferrari, did not finish, 5.

17. (17) Antonio Giovinazzi, Italy, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, did not finish, 5.

18. (9) Carlos Sainz Jr, Spain, McLaren Renault, did not finish, 5.

19. (3) Max Verstappen, Netherlands, Red Bull Racing Honda, did not finish.

20. (16) Pierre Gasly, France, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, did not finish.


Driver Standings

1. Lewis Hamilton, Great Britain, Mercedes, 164 points.

2. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Mercedes, 117.

3. Max Verstappen, Netherlands, Red Bull Racing Honda, 110.

4. Lance Stroll, Canada, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, 57.

5. Lando Norris, Great Britain, McLaren Renault, 57.

6. Alexander Albon, Thailand, Red Bull Racing Honda, 48.

7. Charles Leclerc, Monaco, Ferrari, 45.

8. Pierre Gasly, France, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, 43.

9. Carlos Sainz Jr, Spain, McLaren Renault, 41.

10. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Renault, 41.

11. Sergio Perez, Mexico, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, 34.

12. Esteban Ocon, France, Renault, 30.

13. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Ferrari, 16.

14. Nico Hulkenberg, Germany, Racing Point BWT Mercedes, 6.

15. Daniil Kvyat, Russia, Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, 4.

16. Antonio Giovinazzi, Italy, Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, 2.

17. Kevin Magnussen, Denmark, Haas Ferrari. 1.


Manufacturers Standings

1. Mercedes, 281.

2. Red Bull Racing Honda, 158.

3. McLaren Renault, 98.

4. Racing Point BWT Mercedes, 82.

5. Renault, 71.

6. Ferrari, 61.

7. Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda, 47.

8. Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari, 2.

9. Haas Ferrari, 1.

10. Williams Mercedes, 0.


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