Six time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton needs to outscore his team mate Valtteri Bottas by just eight points in Turkey in two weeks time after claiming victory in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at the Imola circuit to claim his 93rd career victory.
Hamilton who started the race from second place alongside Valtteri Bottas start the race on used Medium tyres and pitted on lap 30 for a set of new Hard compound tyres before making his final stop under the safety car on lap 52 for a set of the Soft compound tyres,
Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen’s Kimi Raikkonen went the further distance on the medium compound tyres, making his only stop of the race on lap 48 which saw him come in for a new set of the Soft tyre which allowed him to make his way back up the order to finish the race in ninth place.
Speaking following the race, Head of F1 and car racing with Pirelli, Mario Isola commented saying:
The safety car late in the race influenced the strategy heavily: up until then it was looking like one stop for the majority of drivers; also because there is a big pit stop time loss at Imola. Due to some graining seen on the soft, the previously envisaged strategies involving the soft then largely changed in favour of a medium to hard strategy. The medium tyre was chosen by the top two to start the race on, and showed minimal degradation even over very long stints. The hard tyre was also run by many drivers in excess of 40 laps. Obviously we need to look at the medium tyre that had completed 32 laps with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to understand exactly what happened; it seems that some debris on the track could have caused a puncture. Congratulations to Mercedes for clinching their record seventh consecutive manufacturers’ championship: once more after an intensely strategic race, where Hamilton was able to take perfect advantage of the virtual safety car.”