The first podium for Albon and the new demonstration from Hamilton but also Ferrari which continues to sink or the stormy restart under a safety car, find the tops and flops of the Grand Prix of Tuscany.
Alexander Albon's first podium
Hamilton had deprived him in Brazil in 2019 and in Austria at the start of the season, this time Alexander Albon holds his first podium in F1. The Thai delivered a solid race with some fine overtaking, in particular the one over Ricciardo at the end of the race, to clinch his third place. An important result for the Red Bull driver, strongly criticized for his very average results, who suffers from the comparison with the prodigy Max Verstappen. This could trigger a click for Albon but it will be necessary to confirm in two weeks in Russia.
Lewis Hamilton's Full Box
Classic pattern for the Briton: pole on Saturday, fastest lap and victory on Sunday. His 90e in career. Lewis Hamilton has reigned supreme in F1 for years and it is just one success away from Michael Schumacher's record for wins (91). Sunday, despite a missed start, the six-time world champion managed to get the better of Bottas after the first red flag to never let go of his head. And when the Finn got closer to him at the end of the race, he accelerated to get the fastest lap and the extra point, just to put one more blow to the head of his teammate. Imperial.
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Ricciardo was almost there
2011. Renault has been waiting for a podium for nine years and the Malaysian Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo came close to joining Nick Heidfeld on the list, but the end of the race was difficult for the Australian. Yet he had gone through all the incidents. He had successfully anticipated his first stop to overtake Stroll and now held third position. Better still, he was even second with twelve laps to go after a perfect restart which allowed him to pass Bottas. But the Finn came back and Albon followed suit a few laps later. Ricciardo finally had to settle for fourth, third in the last six races. The Australian proves his consistency and still brings valuable points to Renault.
Ferrari still in the hard
La Scuderia celebrated its 1000e Grand Prix in Formula 1 but there won't be much to celebrate this Sunday evening. Leclerc (8e) and Vettel (10e) both finished in the points, but above all thanks to the abandonment of eight drivers. Otherwise, the top 10 would have been a pipe dream. The Ferrari once again lacked speed. Leclerc is the perfect example. Third after the restart following the first red flag, the Monegasque, unable to compete on a regular basis, continued to downgrade lap after lap and ended up falling into line. For his part, Vettel fought for a long time with… the Williams of Russell to get into the points. That’s the level of performance of the Ferrari.
A restart under very dangerous safety car
Before the red flags, the incidents of the first lap involved the safety car. At the time of the raise, at the end of the 6e lap, Bottas was leading the race and therefore managed the restart of the race. But, he played a lot with the rules, especially while waiting for the finish line before accelerating, which caused slowdowns behind and a huge crash with Giovinazzi, Latifi, Magnussen and Sainz. Without physical damage to the pilots, and fortunately, it could have been much more serious.