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.
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, ending the 9 consecutive Q3 appearances for the young British driver.
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.