In terms of accidents and red flags, the field even surpassed last week’s madness in Monza at the first Formula 1 Tuscany Grand Prix, which nonetheless brought a double Mercedes victory. With his 90th and sixth success this year, defending champion and list leader Lewis Hamilton has just one victory from Michael Schumacher’s record, now with more than two race wins, a 55-point advantage over his teammate Valtteri Bottass, who once again finished second. And at the bottom of the podium, Alexander Albon could rejoice, as the Red Bull’s Thai-British driver had never finished in the top three in the series before, although he was quite close to it twice.
Former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard conducted interviews with podium finishers before the awards ceremony.
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes, 1.): “It was a little dizzying that we actually ran three races a day. Today was an incredibly hard day, and the start was difficult. The track is phenomenal, of course the heat and the fast Valtteri all weekend were not easy to deal with. And the restarts had to focus terribly, which was very, very hard. ”
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes, 2.): “I’m disappointed because it was a dreamlike start for me. I also managed to keep my position during the safety car restart, and although I don’t remember every phase anymore, I seemed to have no more options after losing the lead at the second start. I tried to push me to improve my situation, but it should have worked better. ”
Alexander Albon (Red Bull, 3.): “It took me a long time to get here, it was pretty hard to get my first podium. It feels great to stand here. My start did not go well, so most of the overtaking had to be solved on the track. We were good at braking distances, but we knew that from day one. Today’s competition was fun. ”