The first race at the Mugello Circuit was a hectic mess filled with crashes and red flags. In Ferrari’s 1000th race, it was Mercedes dominating per usual as Lewis Hamilton took the victory after the dust settled.
The race started out with utter chaos as Valtteri Bottas surged ahead of Hamilton, and Charles Leclerc moved up to third place. Kimi Raikkonen rear-ended Max Verstappen and contacted Pierre Gasly, causing both to wreck out of the race. This is the third DNF for Verstappen and the second for Gasly. Carlos Sainz spun after contact with Lance Stroll, causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel.
When the safety car left the track, Bottas had a slow start, causing drivers in the back to crash. Antonio Giovinazzi, Sainz, Kevin Magnussen and Nicolas Latifi all suffered damage, ending their race early. This crash brought out the red flag for the second week in a row.
As we approached a standing restart, Esteban Ocon was out of the race due to a brake issue.
On the restart, Hamilton jumped ahead of Bottas into the lead and Alexander Albon dropped from fourth to seventh. On lap 18, Stroll passed Leclerc into third place and the final podium position. One lap later, Daniel Ricciardo passed Leclerc for fourth place and Albon passed him for fifth place on the next lap.
Leclerc pitted on lap 23 to gain fresher tires. Lando Norris overcame a rough start, passing Sergio Perez for fifth place. After the pit stops, Leclerc was seventh place and Ricciardo undercut Stroll for third place. Leclerc pitted again on lap 38.
On lap 43, Stroll was running fourth when he got loose, crashed into the wall, ending his race early. The safety car was brought out followed by a second red flag a lap later. The red flag brought the third standing start of the day.
On the restart, Ricciardo jumped ahead of Bottas but Bottas passed him a lap later. Leclerc and Vettel dropped to 10th and 11th place respectively. Raikkonen picked up a five-second penalty for crossing the line on pit entry. On lap 51, Albon passed Ricciardo for third place, looking for his first career podium.
Hamilton held off Bottas to win, his sixth win of 2020.
Albon finished third, clinching his first podium a week after the driver he replaced at Red Bull Racing, Gasly, won at Monza.
Ricciardo finished fourth despite restarting second after the second red flag.
Perez finished fifth followed by Norris and Daniil Kyvat. Due to Raikkonen’s time penalty, Leclerc finished eighth, Raikkonen finished ninth and Vettel rounded out the top 10 after holding off George Russell.
F1 will head to Russia next on Sep. 27.