Lewis Hamilton clinched second place in changeable conditions in Imola despite hitting the barrier on lap 31 and falling to the ninth position before the race was restarted on lap 34 following a red flag.
While Valtteri suffered a DNF after an incident with Williams’ George Russell on lap 33, Hamilton, who set the fastest lap of the race to claim the bonus point on offer, led the Drivers’ Championship by 1 point from Max Verstappen (43 points) with Valtteri (16 points) in P5
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team (60 points) led Red Bull (53 points) by 7 points in the Constructors’ Championship
Commenting, Hamilton confessed that it was not only a difficult day, the car he drove also had a rough time.
He said: “Considering I was facing the barrier at one stage, then a lap down, yeah, it was a difficult day in that regard. I had some really good pace in the rain and was catching but just a little bit impatient, maybe, with the backmarkers.
“I’m only human so these mistakes happen. I’m grateful that I was back in the race and could hunt down and get back to second. The car had a rough time today. I started first, should have been first at the finish but these things are sent to test us and we’ve got a great battle on our hands. Game on.
“Overall, today was very difficult to judge because of the circumstances but we had a very good car today in the wet and in the drying up. We are slowly starting to understand it but according to the data we are still not having a car and power unit that can match the Red Bull Honda.”
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