LIVE F1, Tuscan GP 2020 real-time race updates: Hamilton wins at Mugello for the first time, Albon secures his first podium. Ferrari struggles


Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the third practice session ahead of the Grand Prix of Tuscany at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The Formula One Grand Prix of Tuscany will take place on Sunday. (Jennifer Lorenzini, Pool via AP)


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Following the standings at the end of the race:

1 Lewis HAMILTON MercedesLEADER 5
2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes+4.880 5
3 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing+8.064 5
4 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault+10.417 5
5 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point+15.650 5
6 Lando NORRIS McLaren+18.883 5
7 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri+21.756 5
8 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+28.345 5
9 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing+29.770 6
10 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari+29.983 6
11 George RUSSELL Williams+32.404 5
12 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team+42.036 5

Lewis Hamilton wins the 90th race in his career and increases his advantage in the world title race. Bottas and Albon complete the podium. It is the first F1 podium of his career for Alexander Albon. Leclerc finishes in P8 and Vettel in P10. A hectic and crazy race with three safety cars, two red flags, and many retired cars.

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS THE TUSCAN GP, THE FIRST OFFICIAL F1 RACE AT MUGELLO!

Lap 59/59 Hamilton keeps pushing with Bottas who cannot challenge him. Raikkonen keeps on pushing to avoid to lose too many positions after the 5 seconds penalty.

Lap 58/59 But Hamilton immediately replies to Bottas, setting the new fastest lap in 1’18″843.

Lap 57/59 Bottas is closing on Hamilton, now the gap is only 1″231.

Lap 56/59 Everyone is pushing at the limits now. Only three laps left…

Lap 55/59 Hamilton is set to win this unbelievable and unique race. Ricciardo seems to find the right pace again while Raikkonen is trying to put 5 seconds between himself and Vettel to remain in the points.

Lap 54/59 Crucial moment for Vettel, who needs to defend himself from Russell.

Lap 53/59 Bottas sets the fastest lap and closes on Hamilton, while Russell is closing on Vettel to get into P10.

Lap 52/59 Hamilton is flying away from Bottas who is 1″435 behind while Albon could settle for P3. Leclerc and Vettel are behind Raikkonen.

Lap 51/59 Hamilton sets the fastest lap time, while Albon is on a hunt to get Bottas. Albon is on fire in this “third” race within the race. Leclerc is closing on Raikkonen.

Lap 50/59 Ricciardo is now struggling. He lost his position from Albon as well and now he is outside the podium.

Lap 49/59 Hamilton in the lead followed by Bottas, who took back the position from Ricciardo. Leclerc overtakes Grosjean and Vettel is in P10.

Lap 48/59 5-second penalty for Kimi Raikkonen who had got into P8 after the restart.

Lap 47/59 Incredible start from Ricciardo who overtakes Bottas and is on a hunt to get Lewis Hamilton! Awful start from both Ferrari.

LIGHTS OUT… AGAIN!

17.12 The race will restart from the starting grid.

17.11 After 46/59 laps, the standings: Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Albon, Perez, Norris, Kvyat, Leclerc, Russell, Vettel, Raikkonen and Grosjean.

17.10 There is still no information about the mode of the restart. It will probably be a Safety Car restart.

17.09 Three minutes left before the restart. In the meantime, Kimi Raikkonen is under investigation after a crazy entry in the pit-lane.

17.05 Eight drivers retired from this race:

17.04 There is no information about the mode of the restart yet. At the moment, the drivers have been informed that the lapped cars need to move at the front of the queue.

17.03 After everything that happened today, at this point, we can’t be sure about anything.

17.02 The race WILL restart at 17.12.

17.00 The images of the car after the incident:

16.57 It is still unclear the dynamic of the incident, luckily, Stroll is ok, and left the car without any issues.

16.52 12 drivers left, now we have to see if the race will restart or not. 75 per cent of the race has been completed already, which is the minimum required.

Lap 45/59 Stroll hit the barrier after a puncture. He could not do much.

Lap 45/59 RED FLAG AGAIN! The direction needs to decide if the race will restart and when.

Lap 45/59 Pit stop also for Vettel who put soft tyres, and goes back on track in P10.

Lap 44/59 STROLL CRASHES AND ANOTHER SAFETY CAR! Pit stop for Bottas and Albon, Vettel and Leclerc gain 2 positions.

Lap 43/59Greta battle for P3 between Ricciardo, Stroll and Albon. Leclerc is 1″146 behind Vettel.

Lap 42/59 Hamilton and Bottas divided by 5″859 while Leclerc is closing on Vettel. Ferrari fights for P10.

Lap 41/59 Great battle for the third position: Ricciardo, Stroll and Albon. The team told Hamilton not to use the curbs.

Lap 40/59 Updated standings:

1 Lewis HAMILTON MercedesLEADER 3
2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes+6.386 3
3 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault+23.185 3
4 Lance STROLL Racing Point+24.995 3
5 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing+26.284 3
6 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point+38.071 3
7 Lando NORRIS McLaren+42.059 3
8 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri+51.850 3
9 George RUSSELL Williams+64.805 3
10 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari+68.745 4
11 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+71.649 4
12 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing+80.642 4
13 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team1 L 3
14 Esteban OCON Renault– 2
15 Nicholas LATIFI Williams OUT
16 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team OUT
17 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing OUT
18 Carlos SAINZ McLaren OUT
19 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing OUT
20 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri OUT

Lap 39/59 Ferreri does not seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Vettel in P10 and Leclerc in P11, forced to another pit stop. Albon sets the fastest lap to try to attack Stroll.

Lap 38/59 Hamilton and Bottas are completing a lap in 1″220, while Leclerc goes for another pit-stop, putting medium tyres. Leclerc is in P11, behind Vettel.

Lap 37/59 Kvyat is attacking Leclerc and can use DRS. The Ferrari is celebrating the 1000th GP, but there is little to celebrate in this race so far. Hamilton and Bottas in the lead while Ricciardo is pushing for a podium.

Lap 36/59 Bottas is closing the gap with Hamilton, now is 6″477. Ricciardo is in P3, followed by Stroll, Albon, Perez, Norris, Leclerc, Kvyat and Russell. Vettel in P11 and then Raikkonen and Grosjean.

Lap 35/59 Updated standings:

1 Lewis HAMILTON MercedesLEADER 3
2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes+6.709 3
3 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault+19.994 3
4 Lance STROLL Racing Point+22.297 3
5 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing+26.235 3
6 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point+33.393 3
7 Lando NORRIS McLaren+38.069 3
8 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+41.271 3
9 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri+43.856 3
10 George RUSSELL Williams+53.150 3
11 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari+57.889 4
12 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team+71.205 4
13 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing+71.747 3
14 Esteban OCON Renault OUT
15 Nicholas LATIFI Williams OUT
16 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team OUT
17 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing OUT
18 Carlos SAINZ McLaren OUT
19 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing OUT
20 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri OUT

Lap 34/59 Leclerc loses one more position. This time to Norris and goes into P8. Bottas set the fastest lap and 7″6 behind Hamilton.

Lap 33/59 Pit stop also for Hamilton and hard tyres for him. Pit stop also for Albon who goes back on track in P5 with medium tyres.

Lap 32/59 Pit-stop for Bottas that puts hard tyres and goes back on track behind Albon. Leclerc is in P7 but Norris is coming from behind. Leclerc keeps struggling.

Lap 31/59 Chaotic lap with many pit-stops and overtakes. Perez overtakes Leclerc and goes in P6. Vettel in P11. Bottas is in P2 but he is very slow and struggling with the tyres.

Lap 30/59 Pit stop for Norris, Kvyats and Russell.

Lap 29/59 a super slow pit stop for Raikkonen who goes back on track in P13 and Leclerc goes into P11. Ricciardo is flying with medium tyres and is closing on Kvyat.

Lap 28/59 Lando Norris overtakes Perez and takes P5, while Ricciardo stops and goes back in P8.

Lap 27/59 Hamilton is increasing his gap on Bottas, 2″201, while Ricciardo is 1″001 from Stroll. Leclerc is closing on Raikkonen for P12.

Lap 26/59 Leclerc overtakes Grosjean and takes P12, now he is aiming to close on Raikkonen who is 6″00 away.

Lap 25/59 Hamilton and Bottas dominate the race, divided only by 1″843. Stroll is 15″238. Leclerc in the meantime is closing on Grosjean.

Lap 24/59 Hamilton is still in the lead with 1″864 advantage on Bottas, while Stroll in P3 has to defend his position from Ricciardo. Vettel is in P10 and Leclerc is last in P13 after the pit stop.

Lap 23/59 Updated standings:

1 Lewis HAMILTON MercedesLEADER 2
2 Valtteri BOTTAS Mercedes+2.072 2
3 Lance STROLL Racing Point+14.384 2
4 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault+15.354 2
5 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing+17.905 2
6 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point+23.687 2
7 Lando NORRIS McLaren+25.257 2
8 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri+27.654 2
9 George RUSSELL Williams+35.067 2
10 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari+37.053 3
11 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing+38.948 3
12 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team+45.273 2
13 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+48.050 3
14 Esteban OCON Renault OUT
15 Nicholas LATIFI Williams OUT
16 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team OUT
17 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing OUT
18 Carlos SAINZ McLaren OUT
19 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing OUT
20 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri OUT

Lap 22/59 Pit-stop for Leclerc, he puts hard tyres and hopes to have made the right choice.

Lap 21/59 Perez overtakes him too. His car clearly does not have enough power. He has determination and personality but the car is not helping him.

Lap 20/59 Leclerc is struggling so much! Albon too overtakes him. He was in the third position 10 laps ago and now he is in P6.

Lap 19/59 Leclerc, unfortunately, cannot do much. Ricciardo overtakes him and takes P4. Leclerc is now in P5. Leclerc asks the team for more power.

Lap 18/59 Leclerc is slow, his lap is 1’24” loosing more than one second from Mercedes. Here we go, Stroll attacks and overtakes Leclerc.

Lap 17/59 Hamilton and Bottas are divided by a little more than one second while Leclerc is still under attack fromStroll. Perez is struggling with Albon who is closing on him.

Lap 16/59 Stroll is very close to Leclerc who needs to do extra work to keep him behind. Vettel took P11 relegating Raikkonenein P12.

Lap 15/59 Hamilton and Bottas are pushing and flying away. Leclerc is very slow at the moment, although he manages to defend his position from Stroll again.

Lap 14/59 Ricciardo overtakes Perez on the straight and takes P5.

Lap 14/59 Hamilton and Bottas are already going away, the two are divided by 1″765. Leclerc needs to look behind to defend from Stroll while Vettel is closing on Raikkonen.

Lap 13/59 Hamilton and Bottas divided only by 1″570 while Leclerc needs to defend from Stroll who could use DRS. Vettel is in P12, behind Raikkonen.

Lap 12/59 Hamilton keeps setting the faster lap. As usual, when Hamilton is in the lead, no one can really challenge him. He has 2″209 advantage on Bottas and 6″033 on Leclerc.

Lap 11/59 It will be hard for Leclerc to maintain both Racing Point behind himself. It will be a long race for him.

Lap 10/59 Hamilton, with an incredible start, overtakes Bottas and takes the lead. Leclerc maintains the third position ahead of Stroll and Perez, Ricciardo and Albon.

LIGHTS OUT – AGAIN!

15.54 The drivers will start from the starting grid. There is a formation lap and then a new restart.

15.53 The drivers at restart will be 13, in this order:

1 Valtteri BOTTAS MercedesLEADER 2
2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+1.173 2
3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+2.839 2
4 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing+4.309 2
5 Lance STROLL Racing Point+5.159 2
6 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault+6.357 2
7 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point+8.088 2
8 Lando NORRIS McLaren+8.988 2
9 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri+10.627 2
10 George RUSSELL Williams+13.983 2
11 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing+15.803 3
12 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari+17.313 3
13 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team+18.604 2
14 Esteban OCON Renault OUT
15 Nicholas LATIFI Williams OUT
16 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team OUT
17 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing OUT
18 Carlos SAINZ McLaren OUT
19 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing OUT
20 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri OUT

15.52 It is official, Ocon will not restart, the grid will move accordingly, everyone behind Ocon will gain a position.

15.51 Ocon’s car is in the garage and the mechanics are doing extensive work on it.

15.47 Vettel and Raikkonen were behind everyone, but they had not been involved in the incident as they left a huge gap with the cats in front before the restart. Maybe their experiences helped them in leaving more space with the cars ahead of them.

15.45 The race will start at 15.55. There are no indications yet on how the race will restart, if from the starting grid or behind the safety car.

15.42 All drivers are outside of their cockpits, except Bottas.

15.41 Some more images:

15.41 Some images of the second incident:

15.40 There are only 14 drivers left in the race after only a few laps.

15.39 The drivers are now in the pit lane, waiting for the track to be cleared. They can all change tyres or work to fix any damage their cars had.

15.38 Luckily no one of the drivers involved has had bad physical consequences.

15.36 The standings after red flag:

1 Valtteri BOTTAS MercedesLEADER 2
2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+1.173 2
3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+2.839 2
4 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing+4.309 2
5 Lance STROLL Racing Point+5.159 2
6 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault+6.357 2
7 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point+8.088 2
8 Lando NORRIS McLaren+8.988 2
9 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri+10.627 2
10 Esteban OCON Renault+11.921 2
11 George RUSSELL Williams+13.983 2
12 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing+15.803 3
13 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari+17.313 3
14 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team+18.604 2
15 Nicholas LATIFI Williams OUT
16 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team OUT
17 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing OUT
18 Carlos SAINZ McLaren OUT
19 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing OUT
20 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri OUT

Let’s try to explain the dynamic of the incident. After the first safety car went back in the pit-lane, the drivers were ready to start. Bottas was playing a little too much on the straight going a little too slow while on the back the drivers were already speeding up. Those who were speeding up could not slow down in time and many cars crashed into each other. Sainz, Giovinazzi, Magnussen and Latifi are all out following this crash.

Lap 9/59 Red FLAG – RACE SUSPENDED!

Lap 8/59 The race start but there is a crash on the back of the group! Another Safety car!

Lap 7/59 The Safety car will enter at the end of this lap.

Lap 6/59 The Safety Car on track his red for this weekend to honour the 1000th GP for Ferrari.

Lap 5/59 Evidently the issues at the power unit of Max Verstappen had not been fixed as the driver complained about not having power at the start. No information about the SC yet, as the track is very dirty with sand after the many collision and retired cars.

Lap 4/59 Standings after the chaotic start:

1 Valtteri BOTTAS MercedesLEADER – –
2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes+0.983 – –
3 Charles LECLERC Ferrari+1.891 – –
4 Alexander ALBON Red Bull Racing+3.422 – –
5 Lance STROLL Racing Point+5.331 – –
6 Daniel RICCIARDO Renault+5.847 – –
7 Sergio PEREZ Racing Point+6.836 – –
8 Lando NORRIS McLaren+8.105 – –
9 Daniil KVYAT AlphaTauri+9.837 – –
10 Esteban OCON Renault+12.251 – –
11 George RUSSELL Williams+14.320 – –
12 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Team+15.191 – –
13 Nicholas LATIFI Williams+15.744 – –
14 Antonio GIOVINAZZI Alfa Romeo Racing+18.021 – –
15 Carlos SAINZ McLaren+18.708 – –
16 Romain GROSJEAN Haas F1 Team+20.704 – –
17 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN Alfa Romeo Racing+21.219 1
18 Sebastian VETTEL Ferrari+22.418 1
19 Max VERSTAPPEN Red Bull Racing OUT
20 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri OUT

Lap 3/59 Verstappen, after a horrible start, has to abandon any hope to fight for the win of this GP where he could have done a good result after seeing the simulation of race pace during FP.

Lap 2/59 Gasly also retires the car as he was involved in the chaotic start. There was contact between Gasly and Raikkonen.

Lap 1/59 Verstappen goes out at turn 2 as he did not have power in his car. Sainz and one of the Racing Point collude and Sinz spins while Vettel gets damages in the front wing. Immediately SC, Vettel stops to change the wing.

Lap 1/59 Unbelievable start! Chaotic first few meters and immediately Safety Car on track. Bottas gets an incredible start, same for Leclerc. Hamilton has a bad start but managed to take P2 while Verstappen has a horrible start.

LIGHTS OUT!

15.10 FORMATION LAP!

15.09 Everything ok on Max Verstappen car, no issues for him.

15.08 According to Pirelli, the fastest strategy is with two stops: starting with soft and then after 19 laps putting a medium tyre and the going back on the soft after 21 laps.

15.07 You can feel the tension now…

15.05 ATTENTION! Red Bull is working on Max Verstappen power unit. There is a real risk for trouble for him.

15.04 The start is crucial considering that it is not that easy to overtake on this track.

15.01 The key will be the tyre management, as the posterior tyres tend to deteriorate more and it could be a decisive factor.

15.00 It seems it will be a very tough race due to high temperatures and the characteristics of the track that is very old school, and it is not forgiving towards many mistakes.

Good afternoon and welcome to the LIVE updates of the Tuscan GP, the ninth round of F1 2020, and the 1000th F1 race for Ferrari.

To celebrate this Grand Prix, Ferrari brings a new livery that resembles the colour of the first Ferrari in Formula 1 back in 1950. However, the performances of Ferrari are not in line with the weekend of celebrations. Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will need to limit the damages and push the cars to their limits to gain at least some points this weekend. They will start from P5 and P14, respectively. Sebastian Vettel has announced that next season he secured a seat in F1 with Aston Martin.

The battle for the win will see the usual suspects. Lewis Hamilton (164 points), Valtteri Bottas (117 points) and Max Verstappen (110 points) are all looking for revenge after their performances at Monza the past weekend where Hamilton finished in P7 after a stop-go penalty, Bottas finished in P5 after a not-so-brilliant race, and Verstappen was forced to retire the car after some problems to the power unit.

OA Sport offers the LIVE updates of the Tuscan GP, the ninth round of F1 2020: real-time and minute by minute updates not to miss any action from Mugello. Lights out at 15.10. Enjoy!

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