Lights out and away we go! Lewis Hamilton wins the race!
That's all F1 fans have heard this season at all but 4 races. Hamilton once again won the race, and could seal the deal for his 7th World title in Turkey next race. Mercedes also won the constructors championship after Red Bull failed to score this race.
Here is the final race result:
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
Daniel Ricciardo, Renault
Daniil Kyvat, AlphaTauri
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
Sergio Perez, Racing Point
Carlos Sainz Jr, McLaren
Lando Norris, McLaren
Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo
Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
Nicholas Latifi, Williams
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
Lance Stroll, Racing Point
Romain Grosjean, Haas
Alexander Albon, Red Bull
(DNF) George Russell, Williams
(DNF) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
(DNF) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
(DNF) Esteban Ocon, Renault
(DNF) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
Now here are the winners and losers of this race.
Winner: Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton has almost always been in this section. He benefited from a virtual safety car, which allowed him to make a free pit stop. Hamilton took his 93rd victory, which is 1st all time.
Loser: Valtteri Bottas
Bottas started from pole position, and led the race until the first round of pit stops. Hamilton went long on his first stint, eventually getting lucky after Ocon parked his car in a dangerous position, and a VSC was deployed. Bottas could of won the race if not for the VSC.
Winner: Daniel Ricciardo
Ricciardo earned his second podium in 3 races at Imola this weekend. He may of been classified as "lucky", but he fully deserved the podium with a spectacular weekend.
Loser: Sergio Perez
It's fair to say the team ruined Perez's race. After Verstappen's crash, Perez went to the pits for fresh tyres. That move ruined a podium finish. Perhaps they thought the rest of the cars would do the same. Perez truly deserved a podium after starting 11th on the grid.
Winner: Daniil Kyvat
AlphaTauri were thinking they might have a car finish in 4th after Gasly qualified in 4th, but they didn't expect it to be car number 26. Kvyat was 7th at the safety car restart, but ended up gaining 3 places after a monster start. All he needed was 2 more laps to overtake Ricciardo.
Loser: Max Verstappen
Max did nothing wrong, his tyre just blew. Verstappen was driving in second when his tyre decided to give up and spun him around into the gravel, his fourth retirement this season. Interestingly, all three races we had in Italy this year ended in DNFs for Max.
Honorable Mention Winners
Leclerc once again outperformed his German teammate Vettel and somehow drove a red tractor into 5th.
Both Alfas finished in the points after retirements from Verstappen and Russell.
A tough weekend for McLaren, but they were lucky after all the DNFs to finish 6th and 7th.
Unhonorable Mention Losers
After sustaining damage on lap 1, the young Canadian drove in last for most of the race. He even hit his mechanic after he overshot the pit box. Luckily, they're all okay.
He hit the throttle too hard on the restart and spun and almost took out Sainz. Albon's time at Red Bull looks like it's over with another poor finish in 15th.
Gasly qualified in 4th but was forced to retire early due to an engine issue.
Russell was running in the points when he spun and hit the wall under the safety car.
That's a cruel way to get denied of points. Russell has been unlucky, as he was denied in Mugello after a red flag, denied in Germany after Raikkonen hit him, and has yet to finish in the top ten in his career yet. Latifi picked up his 3rd 11th place finish this season. He stretched out his first stint extra-long, going as high as 7th.
Magnussen retired due to engine issues that caused a major headache. Grosjean got a 5-second time penalty due to track limits and ended up in 14th.
F1 visits Istanbul Park in Italy on November 15th.