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2020 Italian Grand Prix Race Report:


The 8th race of 2020 Formula 1 calendar was probably one of the most interesting race from the eight.
 
Autodromo Nazionale de Monza successfully hosted the 2020 Italian Grand Prix but the teams which took part in it were not that successful. Starting from Ferrari who was the host team and was not able to perform to their expectation as the team not only missed the podium places but also got a double retirement after Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel failed to finish the race due to a brake failure and for the first time Ferrari got a double DNF after 1995.
 
The other team that suffered heavily on Sunday was Petronas Mercedes F1 team and Mercedes were the strongest team throughout the week after they managed to get P1 in all four pre-race sessions of Practice 1 (Valtteri Bottas), Practice 2 (Lewis Hamilton), Practice 3 (Valtteri Bottas) and Qualifying (Lewis Hamilton).
On race day, Valtteri Bottas had a poor start due to which he lost couple of places from a second grid start to eventually finish three places down to fifth while, his teammate Lewis Hamilton served a stop-go penalty for taking a pit stop at a time when the pit entry was closed and the stewards had informed Mercedes to bring Hamilton in the pits within three laps after the race restarts and Mercedes did so, by bringing the Brit into the pits for a 10 second stop-go penalty and in the process Hamilton lost 30 seconds and re-joined 15th from first still, the six-time world champion was able to finish in points and even after losing 14 places due to a mistake, Hamilton climbed eight places in the leaderboards to finish 7th and achieve 41st consecutive points finish in Formula 1 and Hamilton has been able to get points finish from 2018 British Grand Prix and the last time Hamilton missed to finish inside points was in 2018 Austrian Grand Prix where he was leading race for 18 laps but had to retire after getting a fuel pressure problem.
 
Two teams who made the most of the restart from lap 28 and they were Alpha Tauri and McLaren as both team driver's had a fantastic drive and both tried to hold on the positions (Alpha Tauri – P1 and McLaren – P2) which they got after the restart and in the dying laps second position Kimi Raikkonen, lost multiple places to his rival drivers as first McLaren’s Carlos Sainz overtook Raikkonen then followed by Racing Point’s Lance Stroll and the top three (Pierre Gasly, Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll) remained unchanged till the final lap (Lap  53).
 
Last time Alpha Tauri managed to win in Formula 1 was 2008 when the team was called Scuderia Torro Rosso and Toro Rosso’s first win was also Sebastian Vettel’s first Formula 1 win in 2008 Italian Grand Prix and 12 years later, the team got their second GP win on the same circuit (Monza) through a French driver who also coincidently accomplished his first Formula 1 victory in 2020 Italian Grand Prix. And another team who changed their name is Racing Point who captured their first podium in Formula 1 after 29 starts and Lance Stroll is the team’s first podium winner after achieving P3 in Italian Grand Prix.
 
The final team to win podium in 2020 Italian Grand Prix was McLaren, who got yet another podium finish through Carlos Sainz’s P2 and now, after Sunday’s race McLaren, have got two podiums in the ongoing 2020 Formula 1 season and the last time, McLaren got more than one podium was 6 years ago in 2014 Formula 1 season when the British team got a double podium finish in the first race itself (2014 Australian Grand Prix).

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