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Tuscany GP: Pirelli Grand Prix Review


By Courtesy of Pirelli
September 14 2020

 
 Pirelli Tuscany Grand Prix Review
 
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KEY MOMENTS
An exciting and action-packed Tuscan Grand Prix was characterised by two red flags and multiple safety car periods, meaning that teams had to react very quickly to rapidly changing circumstances, adapting their strategies to unfolding events and the tyres they had available.
Under the red flag regulations, teams are allowed to change tyres and make certain repairs to their cars. Mercedes dominated the race, with both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas leading at different points. They followed exactly the same strategy throughout the race, using all three compounds.
Red Bull’s Alex Albon scored his debut podium, ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo – who had gained crucial track position by strategically undercutting his key rivals earlier in the race. Ricciardo was voted driver of the day, while Williams driver George Russell claimed his best-ever race finish in 11th.
Only 12 drivers were classified at the finish of the Pirelli-sponsored Tuscan Grand Prix, which celebrated 1000 races for Ferrari.

HOW EACH TYRE PERFORMED
HARD C1: Mercedes and Ferrari were the only top teams to use the hardest compound after the first restart, which was well-suited to the intense demands of the rapid Mugello circuit.
MEDIUM C2: Daniil Kvyat and Kimi Raikkonen were the only drivers to finish in the points after selecting this tyre for the original start, ending up seventh and ninth respectively.
SOFT C3: Used by the top 10 on the grid at the start of the race: also used by all the drivers for the final stint after the second re-start. Hamilton additionally claimed the extra point for fastest lap on the final tour using the soft.

MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF F1 AND CAR RACING
“The inaugural Mugello Grand Prix is one that people will remember for a very long time, with three starts in total, the same number of safety cars, all the tyres used, and exciting action from start to finish. On a track that was extremely demanding on tyres, run in hot conditions, Mercedes dominated from start to finish, but the strategies were clearly influenced by the extraordinary turn of events. The high number of accidents also left a lot of carbon fibre debris on the track. Managing the re-starts was crucial, as well as taking care of the tyres throughout a very long afternoon. All drivers did a fantastic job under immense pressure, delivering an unpredictably thrilling spectacle in Italy for the second weekend in a row.” 

 

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
HARD			MEDIUM			SOFT
Bottas 1m21.799s	Albon 1m21.756s		Hamilton 1m18.833s
Hamilton 1m21.965s	Stroll 1m22.068s	Bottas 1m19.432s
Russell 1m23.235s	Perez 1m22.111s		Albon 1m20.039s

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
COMPOUND		DRIVER		LAPS
HARD C1			Leclerc		16
MEDIUM C2		Hamilton	24
SOFT C3			Albon		24

 

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