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The first Tuscan GP race found its first champion in history

After 3 persistent races in just one afternoon (3 times starting from the line), the first Tuscan GP race found the first champion in history. Hamilton successfully defended his starting advantage at the pole to win the race at Mugello racecourse. Here are detailed statistics of this race.

Champion Lewis Hamilton

Champion Lewis Hamilton continued to show impressive form and added a bit of luck to reach the first pole in Tuscan GP race history. He won the 69th pole with his Mercedes racing team. Previously, Hamilton also finished first at British GP 2020.

Mercedes has now had seven consecutive “lockdowns” for the first time in a row and they are approaching the 9-stage record they ever made in the 2014-15 period. This is the 3rd of the last 4 races that the top 3 fastest drivers are Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, and Max Verstappen, respectively.

Meanwhile, the fourth-place belonged to the remaining Red Bull driver, Alex Albon. This is the highest starting position of the Thai driver at F1, the last time he achieved at the opening stage at the Red Bull Ring.

The first Tuscan GP championship went to the racer # 44

During Scuderia Ferrari’s 1000th anniversary race, Charles Leclerc reached Q3 for the first time since the Spanish GP and won 5th place. And teammate Sebastian Vettel continued to be eliminated in Q2 and ranked 14th, even also lost to Kimi Raikkonen – 13th place – in the Alfa Romeo. However, the German driver is only 0.053 seconds away from being eliminated in Q1.

Sergio Perez has a 6th ranking result but is fined 1 place for the collision at FP2. This helps Lance Stroll in the back to be promoted and has the 5th leg of the top 6 in the last 7 races. Lando Norris (McLaren) was unable to make the Q3 debut since last year’s Brazilian GP, ‚Äč‚Äčending the 9 consecutive Q3 appearances for the young British driver.

Albon also had its first podium F1 in his career

Albon also had its first podium F1 in his career

Hamilton had the third time in his career crowned in the first leg at a racetrack after two races in Austin in 2012 and Sochi 2014. He set a new record when this was the 222nd scoring stage in his career, surpassing the legendary Schumacher. Besides, the 42nd leg of the consecutive ranked finish helps the # 44 driver break Nick Heidfeld’s previous performance and have an F1 record of his own.

His 90th win in the English driver career took him one step closer to Schumacher’s 91st mark, and he might balance it on the next leg at Sochi.

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British Grand Prix

The race celebrating 70 years of F1: Verstappen ascended the throne

Max Verstappen was the winner, which put an end to the Mercedes team’s absolute winning record during the past four races.

Normally, Hamilton was always confident in his ability to win at his hometown after winning his first race at Silverstone a week before. After all, there was no second consecutive victory for him right back home.

Again, the tire problem made Hamilton and Mercedes struggling

In this F1 race, the Mercedes team could not find a solution to solving the tire condition on both Hamilton and Bottas’s cars. That problem caused Bottas to lose his place in the podium in the last few rounds, while Hamilton had to maneuver the car in fear and finish in a tattered tire situation.

The majority of drivers, which include Verstappen, have switched to hard tires to adapt to hot weather in British races. However, the Hamilton-Bottas duo chose the medium tire to start the race. Things did not support the Mercedes racing team when Bottas and Hamilton had a tire problem in turn.

On the other side, that was good news for Verstappen, as the young Dutch driver believed in using hard tires right from the start. He continuously widened the gap with the Bottas-Hamilton duo.

Mercedes of course did not give up. They accept that Bottas is behind Verstappen, but still bet that Hamilton can use all his talents to keep the top with a one-time pit strategy after the Dutch racer enters the pit for the second time.

After all, that calculation of the German team failed when Hamilton was forced to enter the pit for the second time after witnessing the gap with Verstappen gradually decreasing to the threshold of 8 seconds. From that moment on, the 35-year-old understood that a place in the podium was what he could aim for, rather than towards winning his fifth of the last six races at Silverstone.

The first win of Verstappen at the Silverstone track helped him take Bottas’ second place on the individual rankings.

It is still too early to talk about the possibility of Verstappen taking the throne of Hamilton when F1 this season only goes through the fifth stage. However, Verstappen and Red Bull were expected to prevent Mercedes from turning the F1 race into a solo playing field like last season.