Race recap: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2020

Race recap: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 2020

The Monegasque driver finished fifth at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, won by Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

In Q1, Bottas and Albon only jumped up the order on their final runs after losing earlier times for exceeding track limits at the exit of the Piratella corner at the top of the hill in the second sector, while Hamilton lost what would have been the segments best time for the same infraction late-on.

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko fanned the flames of speculation during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend by hinting strongly that Tsunoda would be in the team's second seat for next season alongside Pierre Gasly.

The Italian, who on Friday was confirmed at Alfa Romeo for 2021, made up six places on the first lap from last on the grid, helped by some contact ahead.

It left Ricciardo behind the two Mercedes cars with the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and the Red Bull of Alex Albon between him and Perez.

Lewis Hamilton was a nine-year-old karting driver when he learned his idol Ayrton Senna died after crashing into a concrete wall during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

"An awesome first lap, I gained six positions again", he said.

"I think we're still feeling quite safe and the health and safety of our people is protected, which is the most important thing", he said.

Hamilton stopped 11 laps later than Bottas - and with the slight assistance of a Virtual Safety Car, deployed after Esteban Ocon broke down in his Renault - the world champion comfortably emerged in the lead.

"I think it probably just showed where our race pace was, because we'd set the vehicle up to look after the tyres and be kind and not overheat them".

It was a mesmerising display by the soon-to-be seven-time world champion which laid the foundations for his ninth win of a crushing campaign.

At the start of the race, it looked as though Kvyat's team-mate Pierre Gasly was best placed to cause an upset after the victor of the Italian Grand Prix qualified an excellent fourth.

"This track, when you push flat out, it's lovely".

"What is unfortunate on this track is it is so attractive to drive but I'm pretty certain you are going to see a pretty a boring race". There are no excuses, I have to go away and learn from this and come back stronger next time.

It was Ricciardo's second third place finish in three races following the Eifel GP, where the result famously triggered team boss Cyril Abiteboul's promise to have a tattoo.

Despite not being the fastest driver in the midfield pack, Ricciardo was satisfied with his result, labelling his final Q3 lap as his best of the year.

The safety auto following Verstappen's crash brought everyone closer together but Hamilton remained focused and stormed to victory once the race restarted.

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