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F1 | Imola GP | Hamilton wins as a Mercedes 1-2 gives them the Constructors’ Championship

For the seventh straight season, Mercedes are World Champions. Alfa Romeo had a great race as both drivers scored points.

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F1 | Imola GP | Hamilton wins as a Mercedes 1-2 gives them the Constructors’ Championship
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When the race got underway, Bottas led away as Verstappen jumped Hamilton. Ricciardo and Leclerc both gained a spot, with Gasly and Albon losing out. Giovinazzi had another stunning first lap to move up to P14 from P20 on the grid.  

Lance Stroll pitted at the end of the opening lap as he touched Esteban Ocon. Kevin Magnussen also spun as Sebastian Vettel turned the Dane around.  

Carlos Sainz used DRS to overtake Lando Norris for 9th place on lap 6.  

Pierre Gasly’s race came to an end on lap 9 as the team retired the car before the engine blew up. Bottas, Verstappen, Hamilton, Ricciardo, Leclerc, Albon, Kvyat, Sainz, Norris and Perez was the top 10 following the Frenchman’s retirement.  

Most of the midfield runners pitted on laps 14 and 15, but Ricciardo stayed in front of Leclerc, Albon, Kvyat, Sainz and Norris. 

Verstappen boxed on lap 19, followed by Bottas a lap later. The Finn stayed in front of the Dutchman, with Hamilton extending his first stint.  

Daniel Ricciardo and Charles Leclerc both overtook Kevin Magnussen on lap 27, but they were jumped by Sergio Perez as the Mexican took full advantage of his rivals getting stuck behind the Haas. 

Esteban Ocon pulled off on lap 29 because of a clutch problem. A VSC was deployed which allowed Hamilton to pit and he jumped both Bottas and Verstappen to take the lead. Vettel, Raikkonen, Latifi, Perez, Ricciardo, Leclerc and Albon completed the top 10 at that point. 

Mercedes told Bottas after Hamilton’s stop that he had damage that he picked up on lap two; the Finn was left with floor damage and lost downforce. 

Sebastian Vettel finally pitted on lap 40 but had a terrible stop that lasted 13.1s. He rejoined in 14th place. Raikkonen eventually followed on lap 49 and came out just in front of the German. 

Bottas made a mistake at Rivazza 1 and it allowed Max Verstappen to get through with DRS to take 2nd place.  

Hamilton, Verstappen, Bottas, Perez, Ricciardo, Leclerc, Albon, Kvyat, Sainz and Norris was the top 10 following all the stops.  

Max Verstappen’s race came to an end on lap 50 as a potential tyre failure pitched him into the gravel. The Safety Car was deployed. Amazingly, George Russell joined Max Verstappen in the DNF club as he crashed out behind it when running P10. 

Lance Stroll hit his front mechanic as the drama continued in the closing stages of the Grand Prix. 

The Mercedes’ and Sergio Perez pitted behind the Safety Car. Whilst the Mercedes stayed 1-2, Perez dropped to P6. Ricciardo, Leclerc and Albon all gained a spot. Kvyat, Sainz, Norris and Raikkonen rounded out the top 10 ahead of the restart. 

Daniil Kvyat had an absolutely stunning restart as he passed Perez, Albon and Leclerc to move into 4th. Alex Albon spun on the exit of T6 to drop to the rear of the field. It elevated Giovinazzi into the points. 

Despite getting close, Kvyat and Perez couldn’t pass Ricciardo and Leclerc respectively. 

Out front, Hamilton eased to his 93rd victory from Bottas, as Daniel Ricciardo scored his second podium in three races. 

Kvyat, Leclerc, Perez, Sainz, Norris, Raikkonen and Giovinazzi rounded out the points scorers followed a dramatic ending at Imola.


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