Lewis Hamilton 'exhausted' after winning chaotic Tuscan Grand Prix

Monday, 14 Sep, 2020

The Safety Car remained out until Lap 8, but carnage ensued immediately at the restart as race leader Valtteri Bottas controlled the pace at the front, only accelerating until the final second.

It meant that by the end of lap nine, six drivers had retired from the race with the red flags out for the second grand prix in as many weeks.

"It was all a bit of a daze", Hamilton said after extending his lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship to 55 points.

After winning the race, Hamilton wore the shirt to the podium ceremony, turning round at one point to display the message at the back.

Earlier Saturday, Bottas bettered Verstappen by just.017 with Hamilton.083 back from Bottas in third in warm and sunny conditions. "This track is phenomenal and the heat and keeping Valtteri behind was not easy", he said.

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

The first crash came soon after the start where Bottas had taken the lead from polesitter Hamilton, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen and last Sunday's surprise Monza victor Pierre Gasly taken out.

But there was to be another twist after Racing Point's Lance Stroll crashed into the barriers, leading to a second red flag and another lengthy delay and restart.

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

Antonio Giovinazzi, Kevin Magnussen, Nicholas Latifi and Carlos Sainz Jr were all caught up in the collision that saw numerous drivers further back accelerate earlier for the restart than the cars ahead.

The Finn finally got off to a good start, taking the lead in the face of Hamilton's worst start, with Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) jumping to third, taking advantage of Verstappen's blackout.

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

It wasn't the easiest of races for Albon who struggled with the standing restarts, but a sublime charge to the finish and a fearless and perfectly judged overtake on a speedy Daniel Ricciardo earned the Anglo-Thai his moment on the rostrum.

"It looks like someone in the midfield thought that the race had started or a lot of people thought the race had started", said Sainz.

Exiting the Safety Car scene in the seventh round, after being activated in the first, would eventually lead to a new, even more violent, incident in the goal straight. "We had another chance and of course I was second". Turns 10 and 1 and 2 are the areas I need to improve.

"I have lost many qualifying this year by just a few hundredths. It is more adrenaline going in my body than anything else", Albon said. It's risky, but it's predictable as well in that sense because the closer you leave it, the less time you let Valtteri decide when to take off, the more obvious, the shorter time he has to go.