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2020 F1 Emilia Romagna GP race results

Lewis Hamilton won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix for Mercedes at Imola, round 13 of the Formula 1 World Championship, after vaulting from third to first in the pitstop cycle.

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2020 F1 Emilia Romagna GP race results

Mercedes sealed the 2020 constructors' championship with a 1-2 finish, despite a troubled race for poleman Valtteri Bottas.

Bottas led from the start, with Mercedes teammate Hamilton losing second to Max Verstappen's Red Bull on the charge to Turn 1.

Hamilton was unable to pass Verstappen, as Bottas pulled clear out front. Verstappen triggered the pitstop sequence, when he tried to undercut Bottas for the lead. That bid failed when Bottas pitted a lap later to cover him, but that opened the door to Hamilton overcutting them both.

He reeled off a sequence of fastest laps, and just when lapped traffic could have impacted his bid to extend a sufficient lead, Hamilton struck lucky with a Virtual Safety Car to recover Esteban Ocon's stranded Renault. He was able to pit under the VSC, which ensured him staying out front, rejoining well clear of Bottas – who was suffering floor damage on lap two – and Verstappen.

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Bottas ran wide at Rivazza on Lap 42, allowing Verstappen to get a run on him and pass under braking for the first chicane.

With 12 laps to go, Verstappen flew off the road after a right-rear tyre failure approaching the Villeneuve chicane. That caused a safety car, during which George Russell crashed his Williams while warming his tyres on the run to Acqua Minerale.

Hamilton just missed the pit entry under the safety car, but was able to pit and rejoin ahead of Bottas at the second attempt, both now on fresh soft tyres. Sergio Perez gave up a podium place for Racing Point by also pitting for new rubber, allowing Renault's Daniel Ricciardo to grab third.

The safety car period ended with five laps remaining, with Daniil Kvyat (AlphaTauri) and Perez passing Red Bull's Alex Albon, who then spun down to last place. On new tyres, Kvyat also passed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc around the outside at Piratella to grab fourth.

The McLarens of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris finished seventh and eighth, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen (who drove a long first stint in his Alfa Romeo) and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi.

F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Interval Pits Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes 63 1:28'32.430 2 26
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes 63 1:28'38.213 5.783 2 18
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault 63 1:28'46.750 8.537 1 15
4 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda 63 1:28'47.571 0.821 2 12
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari 63 1:28'51.541 3.970 1 10
6 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point Mercedes 63 1:28'52.082 0.541 2 8
7 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault 63 1:28'52.660 0.578 2 6
8 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault 63 1:28'53.561 0.901 2 4
9 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 63 1:28'54.654 1.093 1 2
10 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 63 1:28'58.828 4.174 1 1
11 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes 63 1:28'59.565 0.737 1
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari 63 1:29'00.883 1.318 2
13 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes 63 1:29'01.593 0.710 3
14 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari 63 1:29'05.365 3.772 2
15 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda 63 1:29'29.714 24.349 2
United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes 51 1
Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda 50 1
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari 47 2
France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault 27 1
France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda 8 1

F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes 63 1'15.484 234.121
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes 63 1'15.902 0.418 0.418 232.831
3 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda 63 1'16.177 0.693 0.275 231.991
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault 62 1'17.552 2.068 1.375 227.878
5 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda 44 1'17.637 2.153 0.085 227.628
6 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda 62 1'17.666 2.182 0.029 227.543
7 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari 44 1'17.767 2.283 0.101 227.248
8 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault 63 1'18.069 2.585 0.302 226.368
9 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point Mercedes 49 1'18.084 2.600 0.015 226.325
10 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 63 1'18.088 2.604 0.004 226.313
11 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault 62 1'18.118 2.634 0.030 226.226
12 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari 62 1'18.173 2.689 0.055 226.067
13 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes 46 1'18.360 2.876 0.187 225.528
14 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes 37 1'18.719 3.235 0.359 224.499
15 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari 61 1'18.794 3.310 0.075 224.286
16 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes 43 1'18.811 3.327 0.017 224.237
17 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari 45 1'18.822 3.338 0.011 224.206
18 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari 45 1'19.273 3.789 0.451 222.930
19 France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault 22 1'19.606 4.122 0.333 221.998
20 France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda 5 1'20.403 4.919 0.797 219.797

F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix tyre history

Cla Driver Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Mercedes M 33 H 22 S 14
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes Mercedes M 22 H 32 S 15
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault Renault S 17 H 49
4 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri Honda S 19 H 37 S 15
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari Ferrari S 17 H 50
6 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point Mercedes M 27 H 24 S 12
7 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren Renault S 20 M 34 S 14
8 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren Renault S 16 M 40 S 13
9 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Ferrari M 48 S 15
10 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo Ferrari S 10 M 53
11 Canada Nicholas Latifi
Williams Mercedes M 34 H 29
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari Ferrari M 39 H 12 S 12
13 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point Mercedes M 1 H 28 M 24 S 11
14 France Romain Grosjean
Haas Ferrari M 9 H 41 S 13
15 Thailand Alex Albon
Red Bull Honda S 17 H 45 S 6
United Kingdom George Russell
Williams Mercedes M 11 H 40
Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull Honda M 21 H 32
Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas Ferrari M 27 H 20
France Esteban Ocon
Renault Renault M 13 H 14
France Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri Honda S 11

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