Lewis Hamilton 'exhausted' after winning chaotic Tuscan Grand Prix

Tanya Simon
September 13, 2020

Lewis Hamilton is now within one victory of Michael Schumacher's all-time Formula 1 record after winning a crash-strewn and chaotic Tuscan Grand Prix. The shooting has sparked months of protests in Louisville, Kentucky with calls for the officers to be charged in her death.

He signed off his post-race TV interview with: "Justice for Breonna Taylor".

The first F1 race on a Mugello track with super-fast corners usually used by MotoGP riders was incident-packed.

The incident brought a red flag and the cars restarted, but there was a second red flag stoppage with just 13 laps to go when Canada's Racing Point driver Lance Stroll suffered a puncture or a suspension failure and careered off the track and into the barriers at high speed.

The race was first stopped on lap nine following a jaw-dropping four-car pile-up, which led Romain Grosjean to accuse the then-leader Bottas of "wanting to kill" him at the safety auto restart.

"All those restarts, the focus that's needed during that time, it's really, really hard", he said.

But Hamilton held on under pressure from the Finn and Renault's Daniel Ricciardo.

"It was all a bit of daze".

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"He was faultless today and it was a pretty insane race, it feels like we had three races instead of one. Just incredibly tough today", a relieved Hamilton said. "This track is phenomenal and the heat and keeping Valtteri behind was not easy", he said.

The first crash came soon after the start where Bottas had taken the lead from polesitter Hamilton, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen and last Sunday's surprise Monza victor Pierre Gasly taken out.

"That is how it goes. I don't know how it was down the rest of the field, but yeah, it's an incredible circuit, and I would really love to come back". "It has to turn out well for me at some point".

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second, with Thai-born Briton Alex Albon an excellent third for Red Bull. "It is more adrenaline going in my body than anything else", Albon said. He's routinely worn shirts that say "Black Lives Matter" before races and his Mercedes team painted its two cars black this year in honor of the movement for racial equality.

The race was far from easy for Hamilton, however, and he looked out of breath sitting in his auto moments after crossing the line. But when you're missing about two seconds a lap, which we had calculated in aero damage, there's not much you can do.

Bottas was controlling the pace to avoid Hamilton, who he had beaten off the start-line, from getting a slipstream into the opening corner.

Frenchman Pierre Gasly, shock victor of last Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Monza for AlphaTauri, brought out the first safety auto after a crash that also took out Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

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