Formula One's returned to Imola 14 years after the last grand prix was staged at the Italian venue. !
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are NOW the only two drivers who can still win this year's Drivers' Championship, securing the seventh consecutive Drivers' Title for the team as well !
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Huge congratulations to the entire Mercedes-
Setting a new world record with seven consecutive Constructors' Championships is an amazing achievement -
This is an unbelievable moment, this afternoon feels like a culmination of everything. This has been an unusual season in so many ways and it makes me very proud that we've been able to achieve this.
Lots of blood, sweat and tears went into this behind closed doors, a lot of people have made great sacrifices to achieve this, so a massive thank you to everyone in the team, here at the track and back at home in Brixwoth and Brackely. We have an amazing group of people that keeps pushing and raising the benchmark to new levels, but what stands out the most is the comradery in this team and the right values at the core of it. A big thanks as well to everyone at Mercedes for the continuous support and their trust in this team -
Well done to the whole team, everyone in Brackley and Brixworth on the 7th double, it's just amazing and so nice to do it with a 1-
It's very overwhelming right now. I look at this team and think of everyone back at Brackley and Brixworth, they are the unsung heroes. They are the ones grafting away, never giving up, continuing to push, elevate and innovate. A big congratulations to the team on a hugely deserved Constructors' title. I'm forever grateful to everyone and so, so proud to be a part of it. To come back year on year and deliver such great performance is absolutely unbelievable. 7-
A massive congratulations to the team on winning the Constructors' Championship! I'm really proud to be a part of this team and thankful for everyone's hard work and dedication. It's well deserved and I'm really happy for everyone at the track, Brackley, Brixworth and Stuttgart. This team keeps pushing and raising the bar and it's inspiring to work with such a dedicated and driven group. Obviously, it was a tough race for me today. The start was really good but then on lap two, out of Turn 7, there was some debris on the track. I didn't have time to avoid it, so I aimed for the middle of the car, trying not to run over the debris with the tyres. But it caused some damage and got stuck on the car somehow, which made the car really tricky to drive and also cost a chunk of performance. I was trying as hard as I could to keep Max behind me and had to push over my limits, which led to some mistakes. It was a bit of an unlucky day for me after such a promising start, but it's still good to pick up another podium and play my part in the Constructors' title win.
• Nicholas Latifi finished 11th in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, whilst George Russell unfortunately crashed out of the race under the safety car
• George started 13th, with Nicholas lining up 19th, both on the medium compound tyre
• Nicholas ran a one-
• After stopping on lap 11 for the hard compound tyre, George was running P10 before his race came to an abrupt halt
• Congratulations meanwhile goes to the Mercedes-
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance: We need to get home and unpick what happened today. After a good performance yesterday and a decent first lap, we were well placed. We opted to pit George early to attack the cars ahead and this allowed us to undercut Ocon. With Nicholas, we decided to leave him on a longer stint on the Medium tyre whilst we allowed the race to unfold and waited for an opportunity. Once Perez got close, we brought him in before we lost time. The late safety car caused some chaos in the final laps, bunching the pack back up and allowing several cars to make cheap pitstops for fresh tyres. George stayed out and held track position but unfortunately lost control of the car whilst trying to keep his tyres hot. This extended the safety car period further and once Albon went off, elevated Nicholas to his third 11th place finish of the season. He came very close to beating Giovanazzi for the final point scoring position whilst also mounting a robust defence with the Haas. Unfortunately, the race was one lap too short for Nicholas to score the final point.
Overall, we are very disappointed with the result as we worked extremely well and effectively throughout this weekend and have shown good pace in both qualifying and race trim. Considering how much track time Nicholas lost on Saturday morning, he has had an excellent weekend and showed very good pace and race-
Nicholas Latifi: It was a strong race for me today, especially off the back of a really tough weekend in Portugal. We ran really long in the first stint aiming to have a tyre life advantage at the end. It seemed that the prime tyre was not a great race tyre in terms of how much grip it was giving, and I didn’t really feel any quicker on it. I hoped to capitalise on the second stint but my restart after the safety car was poor. Antonio (Giovinazzi) made a mistake in the chicane on the last lap which gave me DRS. We seemed to have a pretty decent straight-
George Russell: I was pushing as hard as I could from lap one, the most aggressive I have ever been. I knew that with the guys behind me on the new tyres and myself on the old tyres, I had to be super aggressive to be in with the chance of getting a point. I came out of the corner and the tyres were too cold and I just lost the car, and I was already in the wall. It is absolutely gutting, and I am really sorry to the team. We were having an amazing race up until then, we were pushing really hard every lap and the pace was good. There are no excuses, I have to go away and learn from this and come back stronger next time.
RENAULT F1 TEAM:
Daniel Ricciardo – Départ : 5e – Arrivée : 3e
« Deux podiums en trois courses ! Je suis ravi et je n’ai pas oublié de faire le “shoey” cette fois ! Nous nous dirigions vers la cinquième place, mais Max a provoqué l’intervention de la voiture de sécurité. Rester en piste était le bon choix, surtout après l’arrêt de Perez. Les dépassements sont assez difficiles ici. Cela valait donc le coup de prendre ce risque et cela a payé. C’est dommage pour Esteban, car la voiture était bonne aujourd’hui. Ce résultat nous permet de prendre la troisième place du championnat, ce qui correspond à l’objectif de l’écurie. Je suis très heureux de repartir d’Imola avec un beau podium et j’adresse un grand merci à tout le monde dans l’équipe. Cette fois, il n’y aura pas de deuxième tatouage. Je pense que Cyril a assez souffert ! »
Esteban Ocon – Départ : 12e – Abandon
« C’était un week-
Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal
« Je voudrais commencer par m’excuser auprès d’Esteban comme il s’agit d’un nouvel abandon dû à un problème technique. Il n’était pas très loin hier et il avait pris un bel envol pour être dans le match malgré un arrêt anticipé pour retirer un tear-
Race Result -
Track: Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy
Weather: Moderate temperatures
Lap Length: 4.909 km / 3.050 miles Temperature: Air: 18-
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap (Fastest Lap) Grid Tyre Changes
1. L. Hamilton Mercedes-
2. V. Bottas Mercedes-
3. D. Ricciardo Renault DP World F1 Team + 14.320 (1:17.552) 5 1 (14)