LEWIS HAMILTON extended his record to a sensational 93 F1 wins as his team Mercedes picked up the constructors’ championship at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
It was Mercedes’ SEVENTH consecutive constructors’ title.
Follow all the latest reaction from Imola with our blog below...
Lando Norris clearly has McLaren teammate Carlos Sainz’s back.
SEVEN IN A ROW
A Hamilton-Bottas one-two secured a seventh consecutive constructors’ championship for Mercedes at the Emilia Romagna GP.
Here’s the moment they wrapped up the victory.
CONGRATS FROM HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton has congratulated Mercedes on a seventh successive constructors’ championship.
Daniel Ricciardo was surprised to see Lewis Hamilton join him for celebratory champagne ‘shoey’ drink on the podium after the Australian finished third in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix today.
The last time the racer was up on the podium was at the Nuerburgring in Germany in October.
And the Australian forgot to perform his signature move of drinking champagne from his sweat-filled boot.
After today’s race Ricciardo told Reuters: “I was about to drink a beautiful fresh one and I heard Lewis saying ‘take your other shoe off’.
“And I was like ‘No…’. Because honestly, I think it was three years ago on the podium he goes: ‘I’ll never, ever do that, I’ll never drink it. You can offer me, you can force me, I’ll never do it’. And he even asked for it today.
“So it took me by surprise, but 2020 is the year of the strange so it was good fun.”
Red Bull officials believe that debris could be behind the tyre failure that put an end to Max Verstappen’s race after passed Valtteri Bottas for second place.
Verstappen began the race well and had passed Lewis Hamilton at the start before the Brit ace went on to win the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
After the race Verstappen said: “The pace was good, the car was feeling quite good and then suddenly on the straight I lost the car.
“There was a tyre blow-out. I don’t know exactly what happened, but when I quickly looked at the car there was nothing broken on the car.
“It’s a big shame. It was a lot more fun as well. I was really pushing and trying to stay with them.. So it was a shame, not only to not be on the podium but also to have been second.”
MER TO COME?
Lewis Hamilton and boss Toto Wolff could both LEAVE Mercedes as their contracts run out on December 31.
Wolff admitted he was at the end of his ‘shelflife’ in his role and when asked by SunSport how that would shape his own future, Hamilton dropped the bombshell that will have Merc chiefs worried.
He said: “I don’t even know if I’m going to be here next year so it’s not a concern for me at the moment.”
Asked whether there was a chance he might not be in F1 next season, Hamilton refused to confirm that he will stay on.
Hamilton, 35, added: “I would like to be here next year but there’s no guarantee of that, for sure. There’s a lot that excites me of the ‘after-life’. So time will tell.”
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes celebrated an unprecedented SEVENTH consecutive constructors title.
Hamilton won the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola in Italy to edge him closer to his own seventh world title.
DAN THE MAN
Daniel Ricciardo spilled the champers on that moment with Lewis Hamilton.
He told Sky Sports F1: “I was about to drink a beautiful fresh one and I heard Lewis go ‘take the other shoe off’.
“I was surprised because a few years ago he said he would never do it – even if I offered him.
“But 2020 is the year of the strange.”
It’s a shoey to celebrate!
Here’s the moment. Not particularly Covid-19 friendly but clearly buzzing, winner Lewis Hamilton and third place Daniel Ricciardo drink Champagne out of the Aussie’s shoes.
What an image.
Former Mercedes driver and 2016 world champ Nico Rosberg congratulated his old team on their record-breaking constructors title.
IT’S A SHOE!
Lewis Hamilton has just drunk champagne out of third-placed Daniel Ricciardo’s shoe!
Ricciardo forgot to drink out of his shoe last time out but made no mistake this time and removed his mask to sink some champers from his sweaty footwear.
And he even shared the love with British champ Lewis.
(Socially-distanced) party time in Imola!
Watch George Russell’s crash here.
The Brit was clearly devastated as he was in the mix to finish in the points.
LEWK AT THAT!
Lewis Hamilton’s 93rd win means God Save The Queen once again rings out at the F1.
A momentous Mercedes one-two gives the team a chance to celebrate seven constructors titles on the bounce.
Another chequered flag for Lewis Hamilton who said it was an ‘overwhelming’ victory.
Brit George Russell crashed out at Imola but said he had ‘no excuses’.
Daniel Ricciardo said on Sky Sports F1: “It was a bizarre one. I got into fourth off the start.
“And I felt that was the best we could do with the three in front.
Perez had really good pace, he passed through the pit sequence.
“I’m not sure what happened to Max [Verstappen] but that put us in the fight.
“Two podiums in two places, it was good fun.”
“Ha ha ha ha ha ha!! Woooohoooo!! Holy Mac and cheese balls. That’s another f***** podium, ha ha!”
HAMILTON WINS AND MERCEDES WIN THE TEAM’S CHAMPIONSHIP
That is seven straight victories for Mercedes in the constructors’ championship.
Bottas is second as Merc get the full points allocation.
Ricciardo is third for Renault.
ROAD TO VICTORY
Lewis Hamilton is just a couple of laps away from securing yet another No1 spot.
It has been a dramatic race out in Italy with Mercedes set to make constructors history – winning an unprecedented SEVENTH consecutive title.
Hamilton, Bottas, Ricciardo, Kvyat, Leclerc, Perez, Sainz, Norris, Raikkonen, Giovinazzi.
ALBON IS PROBABLY GOING TO REGRET THIS
That was a ridiculous mistake.
He is throwing away this Red Bull seat.
Racing resumes and Hamilton keeps Bottas behind.
Ricciardo holds on to third. Leclerc in fourth.
Albon spins. More woe for Red Bull.
LANCE STROLL SENDS A MECHANIC FLYING
He stops for tyres and knocks the front jackman flying.
He says: “sorry about that, brakes are cold”