After almost two and a half hours of running, the Formula 1 He finished his ninth round of the 2021 championship. On a bumpy race, the excitement was at the drop of a hat. Lewis Hamilton returned to victory, after his seventh place at Monza. His teammate Valtteri Bottas was second and Alexander Albon completed the podium this weekend.
The arrival of the race at Mugello had high expectations, after the experience at Monza, with the victory of Pierre Gasly. However, the Mercedes team dominated the entire weekend, from practice to qualifying. Valtteri Bottas was the great protagonist until Saturday, where Lewis Hamilton got the plus that he always saves. The Briton was far superior to the rest and took his 90th victory.
In the beginning there was a strong accident that involved Kimi Raikkonen, Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen. In addition, Carlos Sainz had a spin that left him at the back of the pack. This caused a safety car that when the race was relaunched, turned off the lights very late, causing a very large accident on the straight, which caused a red flag. The abandonment of Gasly and Verstappen was joined by that of Sainz, Giovinazzi, Latifi and Magnussen.
Near the middle of the race, Lance Stroll had been fighting for third place with Daniel Ricciardo and Alexander Albon. However, the Canadian had a mistake that caused a new red flag and his abandonment. This brought back some hope for the race. Since in the highlight, Daniel Ricciardo advanced to Bottas, to get second.
However, this position would not last long for the Australian. A lap later, Bottas passed him and Alexander Albon did the same. The Thai took the first podium of his career, finishing behind Bottas and Hamilton, who took second and first places respectively.
The championship after Mugello
Lewis Hamilton extended his lead over his pursuers. The Briton has 190 points, while Valtteri Bottas is second, with 135. Despite the abandonment, Max Verstappen remains third with 110 points. In terms of teams, Mercedes is close to securing the constructors’ championship. The German team takes 152 points from Red Bull, which is in second position.