Lewis Hamilton won the Emilia-Romagna Grand PrixNovember 1, 2020
The British pilot of the Mercedes was helped by the virtual pace car mode, which was activated due to the departure of Esteban Okon.
On Sunday, November 1, the 13th stage of the Formula 1 World Championship took place. The race took place on the legendary Imola track. The victory was won by British pilot Lewis Hamilton, who continues to churn out victories one by one. However, the start of the race was not very successful for Lewis, he missed Max Verstappen, and the lead was retained by the co-pilot of “Mercedes” Valtteri Bottas.
Daniel Riccardo passed Pierre Gasly to fourth. For Gasly, the race was simply disastrous – technical problems with the car began even before the start, but Alfa Tauri decided to start. Nevertheless, after a few laps, Gasley retired, which is especially offensive after such a brilliant qualification.
The first half of the race was not eventful – Bottas and Verstappen made early pit stops, and Hamilton stayed on the track. The Briton began to show very good times in circles, and then Esteban Ocon left.
The race management announced a virtual pace car mode, due to which the entire peloton slowed down, and Hamilton after the pit stop was already in the lead.
The race management announced a virtual pace car mode, due to which the entire peloton slowed down, and Hamilton after the pit stop was already in the lead. In the future, the Briton confidently retained his leadership. After Bottas’s mistake, Max Verstappen was able to pass the Finn on the track, but the joy did not last long. Due to mechanical damage, the Dutch pilot “Red Bull” flew off the track, which led to the appearance of a real safety car. Most of the drivers decided to make pit stops to get a fresh set of tires at the end of the race.
During the pace car control of the car was lost by George Russell from Williams, having smashed his car against the wall. Those were Williams’ real chances for points. After the restart, Hamilton retained the lead and won. As a result, the Briton gains 282 points in the overall standings, the gap from Bottas reached 85 points, and in the next race Hamilton will most likely get the seventh championship title. Bottas finished second, with Daniel Riccardo having a great season in third.
The fifth position was taken by Charles Leclair at Ferrari, who decided not to change tires in the last laps. Sergio Perez finished sixth at Racing Point, which is a very good start from 11th position. The seventh and eighth positions were taken by the McLaren pilots Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. The race was brilliant for the Alfa Romeo team – its drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinatsia finished in 9th and 10th places, which allowed them to win very important 3 points. Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel had another disastrous stage in Ferrari, who finished 12th.
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