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F1 - race#13, IMOLA GP 2020: Worldrecord ! The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Constructors' World Championship for the seventh time in a row and Renault, Daniel Ricchiardo Podium !

Published by NAANII GLOBAL and F1 com Team Journalists in Motorsport 2020, F1, Fe, LeMans 24h,.. · 1/11/2020 19:41:35
Tags: Mercedes7thWorldChampionF12020ImolaGPLewisHamilton;VBottas;Renault;DanielRicchiardo



Formula One's returned to Imola 14 years after the last grand prix was staged at the Italian venue. !

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team claims the FIA Formula One Constructors' Championship for the seventh time in a row - setting a new world record for most consecutive Constructors' Championships in the sport !!

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 !

MERCEDES AMG-Petronas F1 team:
Markus Schäfer,
Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG

Huge congratulations to the entire Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team!
Setting a new world record with seven consecutive Constructors' Championships is an amazing achievement -
 one that goes far beyond our boldest dreams when we embarked on this journey ten years ago. Thank you to every single member of the team in Brixworth and Brackley for your passion, your determination and your continuous hard work. Our Mercedes-AMG works team has truly earned its place in the history books of Formula One this year. They've built a car that is already considered to be one of the best F1 cars ever created, highlighting how we're constantly trying to push the boundaries of innovation at Mercedes - on the track and on the road. A special thanks to the team at Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains who have developed the best hybrid engine in motorsport, powering us to this historic success. But it's not only the technical and sporting achievements that are remarkable. Our F1 team has risen to many challenges this year, showcasing the values that are at the core of this inspiring group. When the F1 season was interrupted at the start of the year, they produced 10,000 breathing aids to help in the fight against COVID-19. And when the F1 season continued, our team returned to the track with renewed purpose, taking a clear stance against racism and discrimination and challenging itself and the sport to become more diverse and inclusive. Our F1 team is also pioneering sustainability in the sport and will achieve a net-zero carbon footprint this year. This has been a challenging season in every aspect, but we have seen what champions are truly made of. In the name of the entire Mercedes family: Great job - we're very proud to have you in our team!

Toto Wolff
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 - when I think of the support we have in Germany, it just puts a smile on my face. Thank you as well to everyone at PETRONAS - we could not have done this without you! PETRONAS played a big role in this achievement; they've been with us since Day 1 and we're very proud to represent them on the track. I don't know where this team will go next, but I'm excited to see what the future holds for this inspiring group of people, that is still motivated and energised and wants to set the bar even higher.

Andrew Shovlin
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 1-2 finish although it's not sunk it yet. The race wasn't easy, Valtteri picked up someone's barge board on lap two which got jammed in our bargeboard area and was pretty disastrous for the aerodynamic performance. His pace was impressive considering and he was managing the stint well but he couldn't pull away from Max by more than just enough to just protect the undercut. When Max stopped we had to cover with Valtteri and had a go at pulling the part out but we couldn't afford to slow the stop down and had to send the car with it still jammed in there. Lewis stayed out and was doing a good job on the older tyres, working his way through backmarkers and trying to get the pit window to Max and Valtteri. We then had the VSC which worked in Lewis's favour and he was able to stop comfortably into the lead. Valtteri had his work cut out trying to defend against Max but on the Hard tyre it was tricky and eventually he lost the position. Later in the stint, we were monitoring a bit of vibration on Lewis's tyres when Max had his puncture 12 laps from the end; given that we had free stops we were going to come in on a safety car. The timing was not great for Lewis, he'd just passed the pit entry when it was called so he was stuck behind it for the lap. With Valtteri we got him in and finally managed to remove the competitor's part that had been holding him back all race. We made the call to stop Lewis anyway, even though it risked the win we were concerned the vibrations would grow and amazingly he just managed to hold onto the lead. From there it was just a case of counting the laps to the finish but it was great to get both over the line and secure both championships for Mercedes with a first and second.

Lewis Hamilton
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-time champions - that's something I'm going to be able to tell my grandchildren one day. No team has ever achieved this and I feel honoured to be a part of breaking this record. A big, big thank you to the entire Mercedes family, to PETRONAS and all of our partners, because we wouldn't be able to do what we do without them. The race itself was an exhausting one, particularly with the speeds that we are experiencing around this track. I had a tricky start but extended the stint and managed to fight back to the front. It feels fantastic to clinch the title today at Imola in style with a 1-2.

Valtteri Bottas
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.


WILLIAMs Racing:
• 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-stop race, pitting on lap 34 for the hard Pirelli tyre
• 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-AMG Petronas F1 Team who secured a record-breaking seventh Constructors' Championship title in a row
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-craft today. George will be very disappointed with today’s result, but he had good pace and was able to race competitively with the midfield for much of the race. It has been a tiring but rewarding couple of weeks during which we have raced at some superb venues. We will now head home, regroup and prepare for the final races of the season.

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-line speed advantage compared to the Alfa Romeos this weekend, so with one more lap maybe I could have got past him for 10th. It is a bit disappointing, but the overall pace today was encouraging.

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.


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-end difficile dans l’ensemble avec une succession de malchance. Nous avons eu quelques soucis cet après-midi. Un tear-off dans une écope de freins nous a poussé à un premier arrêt anticipé pour le retirer, puis nous avons eu un problème de boîte de vitesses. Je suis néanmoins très heureux de ce nouveau podium pour l’équipe et j’adresse toutes mes félicitations à Daniel. C’est très positif pour l’écurie. Nous montons en puissance et la fin de saison ainsi que les prochains mois s’annoncent bien. Nous sommes désormais troisièmes du championnat. Nous savons que nous nous battons pour cela, donc c’est bien de terminer le week-end ainsi. »

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-off d’une écope. Il a ensuite connu un souci causant des problèmes sur sa boîte de vitesses et il a dû abandonner. C’est dommage comme Daniel a montré que le rythme et la compétitivité sont là quand la monoplace est fiable. Une fois de plus, la course a joué en notre faveur. Nous semblions nous diriger vers la cinquième place puisque Perez pouvait profiter de son départ en médiums et nous étions prêts à nous satisfaire de ce résultat jusqu’à ce que l’abandon de Verstappen redistribue les cartes. Nos stratégistes ont fait le pari audacieux de ne pas repasser par les stands en estimant que nous avions les gommes et le rythme nécessaire pour contenir nos poursuivants. C’était très courageux, mais cela a payé grâce à un pilotage fantastique de Daniel. Avec ses ingénieurs, il a réussi à maintenir exactement la température requise pour ses pneus pendant la longue intervention de la voiture de sécurité, puis il a effectué un final incroyable pour nous offrir un nouveau podium à l’arrivée. Nous sommes maintenant troisièmes du championnat et nous devons nous approprier cette position tout en nous concentrant sur les prochains week-ends qui arriveront très rapidement. Enfin, j’aimerais également féliciter Mercedes pour ce septième titre mondial. Il s’agit d’un exploit phénoménal qui continuera de nous inspirer dans tout ce qu’il nous reste à accomplir. »

Race Result - top 3 -
Track: Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Italy
Weather: Moderate temperatures  
Lap Length: 4.909 km / 3.050 miles Temperature: Air: 18-19°C Track: 22-24°C

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap (Fastest Lap) Grid Tyre Changes
1. L. Hamilton Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team 1:28:32.430 (1:15.484) 2 2 (30, 52)
2. V. Bottas Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team + 5.783 (1:15.902) 1 2 (19, 51)
3. D. Ricciardo Renault DP World F1 Team + 14.320 (1:17.552) 5 1 (14)

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