Mercedes have won their seventh World Constructors’ Championship in a row after Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas completed a 1-2 finish at this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, Italy.
The German team have now won the title every year since the regulations changed in 2014, with Hamilton spear-heading the team to the Drivers’ Championship in every season apart from 2016 when his then team-mate Nico Rosberg won his only Championship, before being replaced by Bottas when he decided to retire.
Back to Imola and Daniel Ricciardo got to stand on the podium for the second time in two races after finishing third, but there was no tattoo bet for Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul this time around.
Another high finisher at Imola was Alpha Tauri’s Danill Kvyat, who ended the race in fourth place after starting in eight. The Russian driver does not have a seat for next season and is rumoured to be replaced by Red Bull Honda junior Yuki Tsunoda. His current team-mate Pierre Gasly has been confirmed for the team for next aseason with Red Bull driver Alex Albon’s seat at risk and a potential return to Alpha Tauri is along on the cards.
Kimi Raikkonen had yet another fantastic race, winning the fan-voted Driver of the Day. He started the race from 18th place but managed to get into the points with a ninth-place finish. His team-mate Antonio Giovannazi, who has recently been announced alongside Raikkonen as the teams 2021 driver pairing, finished in tenth place, giving the team a double points finish for the first time this season.
Ocon retired at the side of the race track bringing out a very short Virtual Safety Car, which allowed Hamilton to make a cheap pit stop and keep the lead of the race which he inherited from Bottas when the Finn came into the pits.
Max Verstappen failed to finish the race after his right rear tyre exploded causing him to be beached in the gravel trap on lap 41 of the race.
George Russell crashed under the safety car in bizarre circumstances, with Albon spinning after Perez passed him on lap 58. Gasly had retired early in the race due to a terminal issue, with Magnussen pulling into the pits with a headache earlier in the race.
Hamilton’s win now means the Drivers’ Championship is up for grabs in Turkey, with the British driver having a 85 points lead against his team-mate. Bottas needs to outscore Hamilton by more than eight points in Turkey, and with the form, Hamilton is in it will be a tough ask for Bottas to keep the title fight alive.