Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Mercedes win the 2020 Constructors Championship

Hamilton has won the third Italian GP of the season, after starting in second, meaning Mercedes are officially the winners of the 2020 Constructors Championship.

On Lap 9, we sadly saw Pierre Gasly box and subsequently be pulled out of the race. After an impressive qualifying, Gasly started the race in 4th, and maintained a promising start. Pierre was told he had to box due to a “terminal situation on the car” and the disappointment was shared by many.

Another disappointing start and overall performance can be seen with Racing Point’s Lance Stroll. Haas’ Kevin Magnussen spun out on the first lap, nicking Stroll’s front wing, causing him to pit to have it replaced.

Stroll stayed last for the entire first half of the race, only overtaking Magnussen around lap 38. Overall he finished in 14th, second to last out of those that actually finished.

Esteban Ocon was the second retiree of the race, with a suspected gearbox issue. This gifted Hamilton a free pit stop, which he of course made the most of, putting him in first.

Bottas started in pole today and only really secured second because of Verstappen’s puncture. Verstappen incredibly overtook Bottas when it wasn’t necessarily expected, but to split the Mercedes is always a fantastic achievement. Red Bull team principal said he didn’t think Verstappen would catch Hamilton, but nonetheless it was devastating to see him out.

Another devastating exit was Williams’ George Russell. He was finally in the points bracket, it would have been the first point for Williams this season, and Russell’s first ever. Yet he somehow spun off behind the safety car for no obvious reason, it was driver error in this circumstance but it was still crushing.

Another notable driver was Daniil Kyvat, who finished in 4th. We all expected Gasly to bring home the high points for AlphaTauri, but it was in fact Kyvat, who challenged Ricciardo for that podium on the last lap. Despite being unsuccessful in that respect, 4th place is a huge achievement, and definitely makes up points-wise for Gasly’s exit.

Full Classification

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:28:32.430
277Valtteri BottasMercedes+5.783
33Daniel RicciardoRenault+14.320
426Daniil KvyatAlphaTauri+15.141
516Charles LeclercFerrari+19.111
611Sergio PerezRacing Point+19.652
755Carlos SainzMcLaren+20.230
84Lando NorrisMcLaren+21.131
97Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo+22.224
1099Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+26.398
116Nicholas LatifiWilliams+27.135
125Sebastian VettelFerrari+28.453
1318Lance StrollRacing Point+29.163
148Romain GrosjeanHaas+32.935
1523Alex AlbonRed Bull Racing+57.284
1663George RusselWilliamsRet/ Lap 51
1733Max VerstappenRed Bull RacingRet/ Lap 50
1820Kevin MagnussenHaasRet/ Lap 47
1931Esteban OconRenaultRet/ Lap 27
2010Pierre GaslyAlphaTauriRet/ Lap 8

Grid Talk Podcast

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