Mercedes record their 100th win in the last eight years, Albon is the first Thai driver to finish on the podium and Raikkonen scores his first points of the year. Here are the facts and statistics from the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix!
HAMILTON’S 90th WIN
Lewis Hamilton won the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, taking the 90th victory of his career and putting him one away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of most Grand Prix wins. Mugello is the 27th different circuit at which Hamilton has won at. He is the first driver to record wins at 27 venues.
The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix marks Mercedes’ 100th victory since re-joining the sport as a constructor in 2010. Ferrari, McLaren and Williams are the only teams who have had more than a century of wins in Formula 1’s 70 year history.
With victory at the Tuscan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton equals Kimi Raikkonen’s record for the most circuits at which a driver has finished in the top three. Each have now finished on the podium at thirty different venues. Hamilton and Raikkonen’s lists of circuits at which they have taken podium finishes are largely the same; the only difference being Hamilton has a podium at Mugello, and Raikkonen has a podium at Imola.
On the weekend where Hamilton closed in on Michael Schumacher’s record of most victories, the Mercedes driver overtook Schumacher’s former record of most Grands Prix in which a driver has scored points. The Tuscan Grand Prix was the 222nd race in which Hamilton has scored points. While Hamilton has overtaken the record for most races in which a driver has scored, Schumacher is still ahead of Hamilton in terms of most top ten finishes – but only just. Schumacher had 226 top ten finishes in his career compared to 225 so far for Hamilton.
Hamilton set a new record for most consecutive classified finishes in Formula 1. This was the 42nd consecutive race which Hamilton has finished. He has not recorded a retirement since the 2018 British Grand Prix. His current streak beats the former record of 41 consecutive classified finishes, recorded by Nick Heidfeld between the 2007 French Grand Prix and the 2009 Italian Grand Prix.
ON THE PODIUM
Valtteri Bottas recorded the 52nd podium finish of his career, putting him fourteenth in the all-time list of most top three finishes in World Championship history; one ahead of fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen.
Mugello is the 22nd different circuit at which Bottas has finished in the top three. He’s only the twelfth driver to have achieved this. The other eleven drivers who have done so were all crowned World Champion at some point in their careers. The only other drivers who have recorded podium finishes at 22 different circuits before being crowned World Champion are Nigel Mansell, in 1991, and Nico Rosberg, in 2016.
With third place, Alex Albon recorded the first podium finish of his F1 career. Albon is the first Thai driver to finish in the top three in World Championship history. The country’s previous best result was fourth, recorded four times in total – twice by Prince Bira, and twice by Albon.
Albon is the seventh Red Bull driver to have finished on the podium and is the ninth different driver to finish in the top three in 2020. He’s the 213th driver to finish in the top three in World Championship history.
The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix marked the 29th time that the drivers starting first and second have finished where they started, with the driver who started fourth finishing in third. The first time this occurred was at the very first World Championship race – the 1950 British Grand Prix – while the most recent time was at the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix.
THE POINTS SCORERS
Daniel Ricciardo finished in fourth place, equalling his best result since leaving Red Bull. The Australian also finished fourth for Renault at the 2019 Italian Grand Prix, the 2020 British Grand Prix and the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix.
Sergio Perez maintained his 100% points scoring record in 2020 at the Tuscan Grand Prix. He equalled his best result of the season with fifth place. It’s the twentieth time that the Mexican driver has finished in the top five in his career. This weekend marked Perez’s 183rd Grand Prix start, which means he equals Nick Heidfeld for second in the list of most Grand Prix starts without a victory.
Daniil Kvyat recorded his best result of the season so far with seventh place. It’s the first time he has finished in the top seven since also finishing seventh at the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix.
For the first time since the 2020 British Grand Prix, both Ferrari drivers scored points in the Tuscan Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc was the only driver who completed the race to finish in a worse position than where he started. Having started fifth, the Monegasque driver finished in eighth place.
Finishing in tenth place, Sebastian Vettel scored his first points since the Spanish Grand Prix. It marked the German’s 200th points scoring finish. Vettel is only the fifth driver to have finished in the points 200 times, after Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
Despite his five second penalty, Kimi Raikkonen scored his first points of the 2020 season. It’s the first time that the Finn has scored since finishing fourth at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix. It also marked the first time that Alfa Romeo have scored since the opening race of the season, where Antonio Giovinazzi also finished in ninth.
THE OTHER FINISHERS
On his 30th Grand Prix appearance, George Russell came within three seconds of scoring the first points of his career. It wasn’t to be though, as Russell finished eleventh. Russell is only the eleventh driver to have made 30 race starts without scoring a point. He’s the first driver to reach 30 point-less appearances since Max Chilton did so at the 2014 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean finished twelfth and last of the cars still running at the end of the Tuscan Grand Prix. 2020 is the first time that Grosjean has failed to score at any of the opening nine races of the season.
Eight drivers retired from an incident-strewn Tuscan Grand Prix – but no team recorded a double DNF.
There were two drivers eliminated on the first lap: Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly. Verstappen has retired from the last two races. This is the first time the Dutchman has been out at consecutive races since he retired from the 2017 Canadian, Azerbaijan and Austrian Grands Prix.
The winner of the 2020 Italian Grand Prix was the other first lap retiree. Strangely, of the last four new winners in Formula 1 – Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc and Pierre Gasly – Gasly is the third to have retired from the race immediately after their first win.
The red flags were brought out following a crash at the first Safety Car restart. The 2020 Italian and Tuscan Grands Prix mark the first time that two consecutive races have been red-flagged since the 2011 Monaco and Canadian Grands Prix.
Eliminated as a result of the crash at the Safety Car restart were Carlos Sainz, Antonio Giovinazzi, Kevin Magnussen and Nicholas Latifi. Sainz recorded his, and McLaren’s, second non-finish of the year, while Giovinazzi recorded his second retirement in the last three races. Magnussen recorded his fifth retirement of the season. Magnussen recorded five retirements in total over the previous two seasons. The other retiree in this incident was Latifi, marking the first time that the Canadian driver has failed to finish a race in his career.
Esteban Ocon failed to rejoin the race after the first Red Flag. He recorded his second retirement since his comeback to Formula 1.
The final non-finisher of the day was Lance Stroll, who brought out the Red Flags for a second time following a puncture and subsequent crash. Two Red Flags in a single race is a rare occurrence in Formula 1 – this being only the third time it has happened in the last thirty years. The 2014 Japanese Grand Prix and the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix were also red-flagged twice. This was the first time since the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix that Stroll has failed to score.
The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix marks the first time since the 1969 Canadian Grand Prix that multiple Canadian drivers have retired from a race.
As a result of Safety Car periods and Red Flags, the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix clocked in at two hours, nineteen minutes and 35.060 seconds, making it the 101st longest race in World Championship history. It’s the fifth race which has lasted two hours and nineteen minutes, after the 1958 Argentine Grand Prix, the 1960 Portuguese Grand Prix, the 1963 United States Grand Prix and the 1968 German Grand Prix.
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.