Verstappen out after multiple collision on Tuscan Grand Prix opening lap

Tanya Simon
September 15, 2020

On lap 51 of the 59, Albon surged past the Australian around the outside of turn one, but it was not without an anxious moment as thoughts reverted back to the clashes with Hamilton in Brazil previous year, and again in this season's opening race in Austria that cost him a podium.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton celebrated the 90th win of his Formula One career, one short of Michael Schumacher's all-time record, after a insane crash-strewn Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday that was twice stopped and re-started.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner beamed with pleasure at seeing his faith in Albon rewarded.

"As a Team I think we did a very good job the whole weekend and from the start the vehicle was in a good window which meant it was more about fine tuning".

Max Verstappen wasn't shy about Gasly's prospects.

"At the moment I'm just fed up with it and I don't feel like it anymore", he told Ziggo Sport.

"I think there is a big difference between thinking you can do it and knowing you can do it. When we lost two positions on the final re-start, I was sacked up as I wasn't going to let the opportunity of a podium go by so I pushed hard to get third and I'm over the moon with today's result".

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Asked if he was frustrated at being put out so early by that, Verstappen said: "We should not even have been in that position - it is really frustrating that we had another retirement. I love this track so I'm really looking forward to the race".

Not that Albon thinks he's "too nice".

However, Bottas and Red Bull driver Alex Albon overtook the Australian to secure spots on the podium.

"I think actually his feedback is very, very good", he said. "I have my elbows out on circuit, and I am very different".

"He's weathered a bit of criticism, he's bounded back", he said. "We've been quick in sector three all weekend so our first opportunity will be on the run down to Turn One and then we will see what we can do from there". Yet, the cars seem to have found some much-needed pace this time out in Mugello- with Max Verstappen qualifying just behind the dominant Mercedes' in third whilst Alex Albon equalled his best performance on a Saturday to take fourth. I had a good launch at the start of the race and went around Lewis but then the vehicle just didn't accelerate so I lost a lot of speed and had no power.

"It is really impressive and we see it time and again with him", he said.

"I was hoping to hold on for more than a lap, but that wasn't the case, but then I was obviously trying to tag onto him, and not make myself vulnerable to Albon".

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