IMOLA (Emilia Romagna) GP

 

 

Round 12 – Imola, 31 October and 1 November 2020

 

All times UKÖ

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Sat 31st†††

FP

0900 to 1030

0830 to 1045

 

Qual

1300 to 1400-ish

1200 to 1430

Recording: 1715 to 1845

Sun 1st†††

Race

1210 to 1340-ish

1030 to 1530

Recording: 1830 to 2100

 

TYRES

Pirelli allocations per driver for this race are:

2 sets of white-marked hard tyres,

2 sets of Yellow mediums, and

6 sets of Red softs.

(Fewer tyres than normal due to there being only 1 practice session.)

 

FP:

      Just the one 90 minute session for this weekend. Weather very good.

      Quite a hectic session , as you can we imagine, with entry to do to get the cars read for qualifying and the race. Tyre wear checks took a bit of time, running with low and high fuel loads.

      Some drivers had more problems than others. Latifi had a problem with the electronics controlling his rear brakes (brake by-wire!) that curtailed his running, and Vettel sent a lot of time in his garage.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m14.726s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m15.688s 

6

Ricciardo

Renault

 

7

Ocon

Renault

 

8

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

9

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

10

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

11

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

12

Vettel

Ferrari

 

14

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

16

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

17

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m16.684s 

17

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

20

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

1m17.779s 

 

Q1:

Lots of a times being deleted as drivers exceed track limits.The efforts of the FIA to keep drivers within the rues is commendable but then they spoil it all by being, frankly, stupid, and declaring that at one corner the track limit is the white line (which is, after all, what the F1 regulations state), but at two other corners itís the kerbs. Lunacy.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m14.221s

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

5

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

1m15.183s 

6

Norris

McLaren-Renault

7

Ocon

Renault

8

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

9

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

10

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

11

Ricciardo

Renault

12

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

13

Vettel

Ferrari

 

14

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

15

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m15.82s 

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m15.918s 

17

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

18

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

19

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m16.208s 

 

Q2:

      All 15 cars are within one second of each other. Remarkable! I donít remember when the cars have been this close together. Admittedly, itís a short lap, time-wise, but even soÖ

      It got a bit exciting when Verstappen cruised back to the pits claiming he had ďno powerĒ, and it turned out to be a spark plug failure. The Honda mechanics got the job done in record time.

      Vettel really is having a terrible time in this yearís Ferrari. He just canít get it to work for him in the same way that Leclerc can.

      Russell is showing everyone what a good driver he is by wringing the neck of the recalcitrant Williams every time he gets in it.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m14.585s 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

4

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

6

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

7

Leclerc

Ferrari

8

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

9

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

10

Norris

McLaren-Renault

1m15.051s

11

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m15.061s

12

Ocon

Renault

13

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

14

Vettel

Ferrari

 

15

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m15.494s 

 

Q3:

Albon put himself under pressure by having his first run lap time deleted but did well in the second run.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

1m13.609 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

7

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m14.616s

8

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

9

Norris

McLaren-Renault

10

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

1m14.911s

 

GRID:

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Bottas

Mercedes

22

 

2

Hamilton

Mercedes

20

 

3

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

19

 

4

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

18

 

5

Ricciardo

Renault

17

6

Albon

Red Bull-Honda

16

7

Leclerc

Ferrari

15

8

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

14

9

Norris

McLaren-Renault

13

10

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

12

11

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

10

12

Ocon

Renault

9

13

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

8

 

14

Vettel

Ferrari

7

 

15

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

6

 

16

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

5

 

17

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

4

 

18

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

3

 

19

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

2

 

20

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1

 

 

RACE: 

      An eventful race. You never knew what was going to happen next

      First Hamilton oses second to Verstappen and Giovinazzi rockets through from the back to 14th. Something heís very good at.

      Then Magnussen spins at Tosa and drops to last, then Stroll pits for a new front wing and joins him at the back.

      It wasnít long before the top three built a gap down to Ricciardo. Then Gasly was told to pit as his engine was getting hot due to a coolant leak from a radiator.

      Bottas, who had run over some debris on the first lap and had a damaged floor, pitted on lap 20 and came out in second and instead of following him in Hamilton stayed out for another ten laps, by which time Bottas didnít stand a chance and Hamilton secured his record-breaking F1 win.

      Next to retire was Ocon who had a number of things wrong but when the driveshaft went that was that. Hamilton was just coming up to the pits when the Virtual Safety Car was activated to clear Oconís car so he pulled in and got a virtual free pitstop – what luck!

      There was a great deal going on down the field with plenty of passing and stuff, and the next retirement was Magnussen who complained of a severe headache and couldnít continue.

      Verstappenís departure was quite dramatic when he made a good pass on Bottas to go 2nd and then had his right rear tyre fail and pitch him into the kitty litter with the right rear of the car in shreds.This time they decided a real safety car was required. During this period Russell misjudged how cold his tyres got and when trying to put some heat in with a bit of heavy right foot, he pitched it into the wall instead. Scratch one Williams, which had he been more circumspect he could have take into the points!

      The restart and the next few aps were a tad hectic as we had three cars, Perez, Kvyat, and Sainz on fairly fresh soft tyres, right behind three, Ricciardo, Leclerc, and Albon, on older hard tyres. During the excitement Albon managed to spin all on his own and drop to the back. One wonders if that was the moment Hemet Marko decided not to retain Alex next year and give Perez a ring?!!

      The rest batted it out to finish in the order shown.

      So, Mercedes win their seventh consecutive Constructors championship, uniquely.

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

63

22

FL

2

Bottas

Mercedes

63

20

3

Ricciardo

Renault

63

19

4

Kvyat

AlphaTauri-Honda

63

18

5

Leclerc

Ferrari

63

17

6

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

63

16

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

63

15

8

Norris

McLaren-Renault

63

14

9

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

63

13

10

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

63

12

11

Latifi

Williams-Mercedes

63

10

12

Vettel

Ferrari

63

9

13

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

63

8

14

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

63

7

15

Albon

Red Bull-Renault

63

6

16

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

52

5

Accident

17

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

50

4

Puncture

18

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

48

3

Unwell

19

Ocon

Renault

28

2

Driveshaft

20

Gasly

AlphaTauri-Honda

8

1

Overheating

 

 

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