Tuscan GP red flagged on Lap 9 after two big crashes

Tuscan GP red flagged on Lap 9 after two big crashes

The Spanish rider crashed at over 260 km / h behind Giovinazzi, dragging Latifi and Magnussen into a vortex of wreckage, causing the race to stop for the second consecutive Grand Prix.

On a glorious day in the Tuscan hills, the air temperature was 29 degrees Celsius and the track 46 as Q1 began with Bottas topping Hamilton by nearly three-tenths, leaving Verstappen adrift by half a second in third. "This track is phenomenal, but it is incredibly challenging, too". Keeping Valtteri behind was not easy.

"All those restarts, the focus that's needed during that time, it's really, really hard", he said.

Lewis Hamilton did what he does best, claiming an incredible 95 career pole position in Formula One and seventh of the season, finishing ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas for yet another Mercedes lockout, as Max Verstappen made it a familiar 1-2-3 on the starting grid, 0.365s off the pole time.

Stroll's stricken vehicle was removed, the tyre barrier was repaired, and after a 23-minute stoppage, there was a third standing-start on this most frantic of autumnal days.

A safety vehicle was sent out for six laps but they were about to restart there was a freakish crash in the midfield.

After six laps behind the safety vehicle, Bottas led the field away, but behind him the pack had bunched too closely and Antonio Giovinazzi crashed into the back of Williams driver Nicholas Latifi, with McLaren's Carlos Sainz ploughing into Alfa Romeo's Giovinazzi and sending him into the air temporarily.

Thai driver Alex Albon starts alongside Verstappen on the second row in his equal best career qualifying result.

Bottas had another opportunity to return to the front of the pack when a second red flag came out late in the day.

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Hamilton raced away from his blocks to retain his lead but Bottas slipped behind Daniel Ricciardo. By doing so they effectively blocked off all visibility of what was happening immediately in front of the preceding auto.

"I think she's a huge inspiration with what she has done with her platform so we have to continue to push on the issue". The last restart was fun, I managed to get up the order a bit.

The Italian supporters, when the public returned to the stands, quickly lost their illusions about a feat that would brighten up Ferrari's 1000th Grand Prix, which in the midst of eight retirements would find itself at the bottom of the points.

"I have lost many qualifying this year by just a few hundredths".

"It was good", Albon said. It gets more and more as you go through 8 and 9. "I think the first stint I was fine managing my tyres, I didn't really need to stop, it was just they were anxious because Valtteri had a problem".

"It was surprisingly ok". It is the policymakers, they are clearly trying to make things more exciting, but today you have seen that that puts people in danger.

"It was brutal, especially the high speed". There is more adrenaline in my body than anything else.

"The Stewards acknowledge the challenges the location of the Control Line presents at this circuit and the desire of drivers to take advantage of the restart".

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