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F1 | Five top moments from the chaotic Tuscan Grand Prix

2020-09-14 14:27

Sean Parker

Tuscan GP

Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB16 is pictured waiting to go out after a red flag delay during the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany at Mugello Circuit on September 13, 2020 in Scarperia, Italy. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

• Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious in Formula 1 for the 90th time.

• Two multi-car crashes saw the race red flagged twice. 

• Eight drivers failed to finish the race. 

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The first ever Tuscan Grand Prix threw up thrills and spills in the beautiful Italian countryside as Lewis Hamilton won at Mugello in a race that saw only 12 cars waved home by the chequered flag. 

Red Bull's Alex Albon achieved his first ever podium result by overtaking Renault's Daniel Ricciardo to finish behind the Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in the last few minutes of the race. 

In what was Ferrari's 1000th race in Formula 1, the action was dominated by two incidents with less than 10 laps completed. The race was red-flagged twice and saw three safety car interventions. 

Ferrari would've wanted a better result at their home GP but driver's Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel had to settle for eighth and tenth places respectively.  

Here are our top five moments from the Tuscan GP: 

1. Ferrari 1000 - Mick Schumacher drive's father's F2004 car around Mugello

Ferrari decided to have a touch of Schumacher at their milestone Grand Prix as Michael's son Mick drove his father's 2004 winning F1 car ahead of the main race. 

Mick, a Ferrari academy driver, currently leads the F2 championship. He wore the same burgundy coloured overalls as the team's main drivers as Ferrari harked to the original colour on its 125S car from its first race in 1950.

2. Chaotic first four turns 

Valtteri Bottas made a dream start and led pole-sitter Hamilton into the first turn. But it was Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly who found themselves out of the race before completing one full lap. 

Verstappen, who lost power after a good launch, and last week's Italian GP winner Pierre Gasly were caught in the melee that also saw McLaren's Carlos Sainz spin and get hit by Vettel. 

3. The crash at the restart 

The first incident brought out the safety car for half a dozen laps as the stewards frantically cleared the track.

When Bottas became the de facto safety car, he bunched up the pack before powering away. It seems as if some drivers towards the back of the pack thought the restart had happened and powered at full throttle. 

The result was multi-car crash with six more drivers out of the race, including Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo, Kevin Magnussen of Haas and Williams rookie Nicholas Latifi. 

Giovinazzi is the driver who careened into the back of Magnussen and Latifi, and seubsequently resulted in a further collision with Sainz and almost took out Haas driver Romain Grosjean.

4. Alex Albon achieves long-awaited first podium finish

The Thai-British driver finally stood on the podium in the top tier of motorsport with a courageous drive that saw him start fourth on the grid and avoid the afternoon's multiple crashes.

Albon has been under pressure recently after failing to deliver from strong positions during the season. Albon, like teammate Verstappen, struggled to get his Red Bull off the line and had to focus on overtaking on the high-speed Mugello circuit. 

The final overtake on Renault's Daniel Ricciardo was particularly satisfying for the 24-year-old. 

"It was good," he said. "Obviously, it is been a while to get here, but it was a tough one. I had to work for it.

"I am happy and I can breathe. It is nice to be here. It was brutal, especially the high speed in sector two. It is more adrenaline going in my body than anything else. I am very happy.

5. Hamilton's 90th Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton marched on to breaking another F1 record by reaching his 90th race win in the sport. The six-time world champion is one win away from equaling former Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher's 91 race wins. 

Hamilton was sensational in qualifying on Saturday and managed well under the pressure in the race. 

"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."

It was Hamilton's sixth win in nine races and extended his points tally over Bottas to 55 as he closes in on equaling Schumacher's seven world titles. 

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