The 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix saw Mercedes clinch their 7th consecutive title and Hamilton extend the all time win record to 93.
All was looking good headed into the weekend for The Arrows and especially Valtteri Bottas who started from pole. But over the course of the first 5 laps, everything changed up and down the field. The shootout saw positions swing as drivers got more and more aggresive to find gaps. The Finn would catch some debris and incur some floor damage that would be a slow leak to his race. But for the time being, he was safe.
Verstappen would get away well and move in to second place as Hamilton gave chase but struggled behind the Red Bull as the car has all year in dirty air. As I reported on Twitter though, Hamilton seemed to have a “Plan C” for this. Remember that we’ll come back to it later.
The three leaders dropped the pack and the midfield battled persisted in their wake. Still in single digit lap counts and a podium was already +10 seconds away. What really swung the race was Hamilton’s decision to undercut Bottas on lap 18. Valtteri had no choice but to react and come in to cover off Verstappen who on fresh rubber would have cleared his pit window. But what Bottas couldn’t stop was Hamilton performing a mighty overcut.
It became clear “Plan C” had to have been if he couldn’t get the race lead, he knew Max was going to have to shoot for the under. Red Bull knows they can’t match the Mercedes sector for sector straight up. If Hamilton sat back as he did just over a dozen laps into the grand prix, he could preserve his tyres and extend with mega laps before he would pit. This combination of a strong overcut, a quick in lap, and Bottas all the while having to fight traffic meant he would all but clear the leading duo’s pit window.
HAM production during Hammertime:— CrankyYankeeF1 (@CrankyYankeeF1) November 1, 2020
LAP 21 - 1:18.416 FL
LAP 22 - 1:18.367 FL
LAP 23 - 1:17.830 FL
yeah... def worth a few dozen millions.
May have just won him the race.
The race held following a Verstappen overtake of Bottas who was having an increasingly more difficult time with his floor damage. Verstappen however would catch some poor luck with a complete failure of the tyres due to puncture at The Villeneueve Chicane on lap 51. Retirements weren’t over though and adding to the drama was George Russell who did his best Grosjean impressing binning it under the safety car. What’s worse is the Briton was on for his first points haul of his Formula 1 career.
Ricciardo’s would snatch his podium from Sergio Perez who had driven brilliantly all day working his way up to P3 from starting 11th only to make the very strange decision to pit under Russell’s safety car. Ricciardo smile and accepted the free shoey. Checo would be then to chase Leclerc’s Ferrari and Albon’s Red Bull who he himself had a pretty rough day.
Daniil Kvyat was prepared for the fight and nailed the restart grabbing 4th in the chaos. Ocon’s retirement meant Ricciardo would be the only Renault points of the day but McLaren and Alfa Romeo would both pull off an impressive (more so the latter) double points finish.
SEE THE 2020 FORMULA 1 CHAMPIONSHIP FULL STANDINGS
EMILIA ROMAGNA GRAND PRIX POINTS FINISHERS
Below you can find the drivers who finished in the points for the 2020 return to Imola. Under that you can see the full results list as well as the state of the 2020 F1 Standings updated through round 13 in Italy.
2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Results
Below are the final results for The 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Race:
|6||11||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||63||+19.652s||8|
|9||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||63||+22.224s||2|
|10||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||63||+26.398s||1|
|13||18||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||63||+29.163s||0|
|15||23||RED BULL RACING HONDA||63||+57.284s||0|
|NC||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||50||DNF||0|
As the grid prepares for a much needed week off, the constructors championship is already locked up with The Arrows taking their 7th straight. And while it’s not 100% mathematically a lock for Lewis Hamilton on the Drivers side of the championship to compelte, the double, it’s a sure bet. Hamilton’s 282 points alone outscores every other team aside from Mercedes in the Constructors Championship. But the midfield battle rages on and there are so much needed glory points in play. Namely, Perez and his final output could make or break his future in F1 as the seats dwindle. Leclerc will surely want to stick that top 5 finish after such a tough transition year for the Scuderia. Ricciardo’s P4 feels all but safe as Leclerc is needing to put in performances of his life to maintain his current position.
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