There was huge drama at Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix as there was a four-car crash, a fire, two red flags and only 12 drivers finishing the race at Mugello.
Lewis Hamilton ended up winning a chaotic encounter which was thrilling from the first lap and had to be suspended TWICE.
Carlos Sainz, Kevin Magnussen, Antonio Giovinazzi and Nicholas Latifi collided on the seventh lap after a restart from a safety car period, and all four were out the race, which had to be suspended so the track could be cleared.
The safety car came out on the first lap as Max Verstappen spun out on the second corner to DNF, with EIGHT drivers in all failing to see the race through.
A second red flag came out on lap 46 as Lance Stroll crashed at Arrabbiata with his Racing Point having to be extinguished due to an internal fire.
Hamilton overcame such chaos, however, to win his 90th GP and move to within one victory of Michael Schumacher’s record.
The Brit took the chequered flag 4.8 seconds clear of Valtteri Bottas in the other Mercedes.
Red Bull’s Alex Albon finished third to claim his first podium, completing an excellent manoeuvre to overtake Daniel Ricciardo on the closing laps.
Hamilton also secured a bonus point for the fastest lap to increase his lead in the standings to 55 points.
“It was all a bit of a daze, like three races in one day,” said the Brit. “It was incredibly tough.
“This track is phenomenal and keeping Valtteri behind, who has been quick all weekend, was not easy.”
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Hamilton collected his winners’ trophy with a T-shirt displaying the message: “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”
African-American Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot when police officers entered her flat in Kentucky, Louisville, in March.
Hamilton added: “My heart is definitely racing and it is crazy to be here and have 90 wins. Justice for Breonna Taylor.”