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Gasly won the championship at the Italian GP

Mercedes made a serious mistake with Hamilton, then Pierre Gasly of Alpha Tauri finished first in the race with a series of events in Monza on September 6.

Gasly won the championship at the Italian GP

The victory after twelve years of waiting for Alpha Tauri – formerly the Toro Rosso team – on the Monza race made the Italian Grand Prix 2020 become one of the most memorable and shocking races in F1 history. The last time Red Bull’s B team won first place was also at Monza when Sebastian Vettel scored.

Two times of safety vehicles appeared in a row at the end of the first half, pushing Mercedes into a difficult position and causing world champion Lewis Hamilton to make mistakes. The golden opportunity was placed on Gasly, who was once disgraced at Red Bull, and the 24-year-old French racer made full use of it, finishing first with a record 36 minutes 39,174 seconds.

Gasly was overjoyed and crying on the podium

The first starting advantage with the remarkable W11 gives Hamilton easy control over the race and continually increases the distance with the back group at the first third of the race. By the 20th round, the distance between the Mercedes star and the second runner, Carlos Sainz Jnr (McLaren), was more than 12 seconds.

In the 20th round, Kevin Magnussen’s car broke down and had to stay on the side of the track, the safety car was deployed to serve the cleaning. The safety vehicle appears just before the optimal time for pit racers.

At this point, Mercedes made a mistake and caused Hamilton to lose his 90th victory when he called Hamilton to change the tire as soon as the safety car just went to the track without realizing that at that time the car was banned from the pit.

In the first group, Stroll missed a chance to win when a bad start and fell behind Gasly and Sainz in the next round. Sainz also quickly surpassed Raikkonen to chase after Gasly to win first place. But While trying to reach the last seconds, the Spanish driver still could not catch up with his opponent, so he accepted second place.

With the strange trio Gasly, Sainz, and Stroll on the podium, Mercedes is absent from the top three for the first time this year. This is also the first time since 2014, the big three Mercedes, Red Bull, and Ferrari do not appear on the podium.

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Hamilton won the pole at the Spanish Grand Prix

British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton defeated his teammate Valtteri Bottas in the qualifying round on August 15, to win the starting right on the Catalunya race.

Not only won the pole at the Spanish GP, previously, Lewis Hamilton also won GP Styrian.

The 1 minute 15,584 second result performed by Hamilton was only 0.059 seconds faster than Bottas’s performance. Red Bull Max Verstappen star was left behind for 0.708 seconds but still easily won the right to start third, just ahead of Sergio Perez – Racing Point racer who returned after two stops due to coronavirus infection.

Ferrari continued to have a pretty bad starting record with Charles Leclerc starting only ninth, two places ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Catalunya first held the F1 race in mid-August instead of the usual May. The racing teams continued to struggle with hot weather, the track surface temperature sometimes reached 47 degrees Celsius, making tire retention still an important issue for the teams.

The first two qualifying rounds (Q1 and Q2) were not a big surprise except that Vettel continued to be eliminated early from Q2, although Ferrari changed the chassis to overcome difficulties for him from this stage.

The German driver almost entered Q3 when he was less than 10th place with 0.002 seconds. The 15 riders in Q2 all used soft tires for the best performance, except for the old general Kimi Raikkonen who used the medium tire.

Major developments of the Spanish Grand Prix 2020

By Q3, Bottas appeared on the track with soft tires earlier than his teammates and achieved 1 minute 15,643 seconds in the first run to temporarily take the first place. But Hamilton quickly climbed to No. 1 when he achieved impressive results 1 minute 15,584 seconds.

Verstappen only reached 1 minute 16,292 seconds and temporarily took third place. Meanwhile, after the first run, Leclerc ranked seventh with the result of 1 minute 17,297 seconds.

In the second run of Q3, Bottas continued to run ahead of Hamilton, but the Finnish driver’s 1-minute 15,659 result still lacked his personal achievement in the first run. It seems that the surface quality of the track has deteriorated, so Hamilton and Verstappen have not improved their achievements and the final top 3 order remains the same as the first run.

The McLaren duo improved their results in the second run, causing Leclerc to drop to ninth place, starting just before Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri). Carlos Sainz’s achievement was 0.04 seconds faster than his teammate, Lando Norris also surpassed only 0.003 seconds above Leclerc.