In clear weather, with an air temperature of 30 degrees and an asphalt temperature of 44 degrees, the cars lined up on the grid for the ninth Formula 1 race of the 2020 season, the Tuscany Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton took the ninth pole position of the year with Mercedes, ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. In the second row, the two Red Bull drivers could stand up in Max Verstappen, in line with Alexander Albon. They were followed by Charles Leclerc at Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix, followed by two Racing Points behind Monaco: although Sergio Perez ran a faster lap on Saturday, Lance Strollé was sixth for a starting penalty in Mexico for Kimi Räikkönen’s second. free practice. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Carlos Sainz (McLaren) and Esteban Ocon (Renault) could share in the top ten.
Sebastian Vettel didn’t do very well on the time trial on the Ferrari holiday weekend, the German could only cut him from 14th place for the 59-lap race in Mugello.
Most of the field started the race on soft tires, with five – Danyiil Kvjat (AlphaTauri), Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo), Romain Grosjean (Haas) and two Williams – opting for the yellow sidewall medium mix.
According to Pirelli, the fastest strategy in dry weather could have been the two standout tactics, in a soft-medium-soft distribution with 19 laps of soft rubber stages. The soft-medium-medium version, in which the soft rubber stages could be 21-22 laps, was thought to be somewhat slower. And for those who would rather change wheels only once, the Italians were counting on the soft-hard division, with two 37-lap hard rubber stages in the 59-lap race.
In the pre-start hour, Mick Schumacher did a few laps with his father, Michael Schumacher’s 2004 Ferrari. The F2004 was the car that helped German legend add to the seventh world title.
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2020 Formula 1 Tuscan Grand Prix
Hamilton was very stuck at the start, Bottas immediately overtook him, and Leclerc turned third in the first corner. In the second, several people collided: Verstappen and Gasly got stuck in the gravel bed and fell out, but Grosjean and Räikkönen were also affected, but he was able to move on. Sainz spun in the middle of the field and Vettel broke his first wing in the kalamajka. The safety car was sent to the track.
Verstappen’s car was apparently ready to go, the Dutchman was ready to start.