F1 live, Tuscan GP live, starting positions, race start, Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo

Lewis Hamilton demonstrated his class and authority on an afternoon of wild chaos on Sunday when he won an extraordinary crash-hit Tuscan Grand Prix to extend his runaway lead in this year’s Formula One championship.

Reigning champion Hamilton finished ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at Mugello to claim his 90th F1 victory, moving the Briton to within one win of equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record for GP wins.

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Daniel Ricciardo narrowly misses podium finish in Tuscan Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo’s stern words of determination would have sent a chill through the Renault team garage.

With 14 laps remaining in the Tuscan Grand Prix at the Mugello Circuit, the Australian F1 driver was eyeing a maiden podium position with Renault.

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Following the second red flag of the race, Ricciardo had steamed past Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas into P2 — only British superstar Lewis Hamilton was ahead of him.

Unfortunately, his rivals’ cars proved their superiority in the closing stages — Ricciardo was overtaken by Bottas and Red Bull’s Alexander Albon, and finished the event in P4.

It was an agonising conclusion to an enthralling contest, which featured several high-speed crashes — only 12 cars crossed the finish line, with eight drivers forced to retire.

As a consolation prize, Ricciardo was voted Driver of the Day by the fans watching from home, but the Aussie will know he missed the perfect opportunity to sink a shoey on the podium.

The inaugural Tuscan Grand Prix had a tumultuous start — two former Grand Prix winners flew off the track after a collision on opening lap’s first corner.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly were done for the day, and Ricciardo found himself in sixth position as the yellow flag emerged.

But the damage was far from over — six laps later, a mammoth collision at the back of the pack resulted in a red flag and an additional five cars out of the race.

After proceedings eventually got back underway from a standing start, Ricciardo managed to overtake Racing Point’s Sergio Perez on the 15th lap and jump into fifth position.

The Western Australian soon caught up to Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc — who was struggling on the straights — and suddenly found himself in P4. Only the two Mercedes drivers and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll were ahead of him.

Despite racing just 1.1 seconds behind third-placed Stroll, Ricciardo was forced to pit in the 28th lap and temporarily slipped back down to eighth.

But Ricciardo suddenly found himself in the podium positions when his rivals went for their pit stops, with Stroll emerging behind the Renault driver.

However, Stroll and Albon were both less than six seconds behind the Australian, and were quickly gaining ground.

“It’s not done and dusted for the final podium by any means,” former F1 driver Martin Brundle muttered on Sky Sports.

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Earlier this year, Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul promised he would get a tattoo if Ricciardo secured a podium in the 2020 season.

With the Australian cruising in P3, Sky Sports commentator David Croft cheekily said: “I’m just Googling tattoo parlours near Mugello … I’ve found half a dozen.”

On the 42nd lap, Racing Point’s Lance Stroll spun off the track after receiving a puncture, but thankfully emerged unscathed from the scary incident.

Yet another reg flag was shown, and the drivers once again filed into their respective garages.

Despite Ricciardo’s impressive overtake after the third standing start, the cars of Bottas and Albon proved too powerful in the finals stages of the race, breaking the heart of every Australian F1 fan.

Afterwards, Ricciardo admitted he was gutted to finish agonisingly close to his first podium finish since 2018.

“I’m smiling on the outside, but obviously there is pain on the inside,” Ricciardo told Sky Sports.

“We know we had a great race; strategy was awesome, we undercut Stroll, starts were great, put ourselves there.

“With low fuel and soft tyres, (Albon’s) car came alive a little more in the last sector … and then he broke my DRS really quickly and I didn’t have an answer.

“We had top-five pace all race, so it’s encouraging.

“It was certainly not a dull race.”

Abiteboul had nothing but praise for Ricciardo, who climbs to seventh position on the drivers’ standings with 53 points.

“He’s been absolutely fantastic; he’s been brilliant,” Abiteboul said.

“(A podium) would have been a fantastic reward for him and for the team, but it will come.

“We feel that he’s building in confidence with the team and with the car.”

Attention now shifts to the Russian Grand Prix, which will take place in a fortnight on Sunday, September 27th.

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Daniel Ricciardo warning ahead of Tuscan GP, live results

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo has issued a warning to his rivals ahead of Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was denied the opportunity to attempt a final flying lap when Renault teammate Esteban Ocon spun out in Qualifying. Therefore, the 31-year-old will start on the grid in P8.

Ricciardo vented his frustration on social media, while also promising he would return with a vengeance for Sunday’s race.

“Couldn’t get the last lap in with yellow flags,” he posted to Instagram.

“Tomorrow we go fast. So fast.”

There has been vigorous debate about the difficulty of overtaking on the Mugello Circuit, but Ricciardo is hopeful Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc will create some chaos at the front.

“I watched the F3 race and there were lots of DRS moves and it looked like they could battle and follow,” Ricciardo explained.

“I think with Charles in fifth I’m not sure he’s got a fifth-place race car so that in itself might create a little bit of a battle for that top five, so I think him qualifying there will make it exciting.

“I think from P5 back to P12 it’s so tight so hopefully we’ll have some battles today.”

British superstar Lewis Hamilton claimed his 95th pole position on Saturday, and had nothing but praise for the “phenomenal” track.

“It’s been a really tough weekend, if I’m honest,” Hamilton conceded.

“Firstly, this track is phenomenal — it’s a really challenging circuit and you saw Valtteri was quicker than me all day yesterday and even this morning.

“But I’ve been working hard in the background to improve on my lines and set up and the engineers and mechanics did a great job, so finally I got the lap that I needed.”

Hamilton also warned of several “unknowns” in the track with no historical F1 data.

“The engineers don’t know what to expect, and it’s the same for me,” Hamilton said.

“We’ve got an uphill long run down to Turn One with a headwind, we’re all on soft tyres, and we don’t know how long they’ll last. We don’t know what overtaking’s going to be like.”

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F1 2020, Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello, qualifying live, start time, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, pole, grid

F1 2020, Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello, qualifying (11pm AEST) — A piece of Formula One history is up for grabs on Saturday as drivers battle for the first ever pole position in F1 at Mugello.

The Italian track is this weekend playing host to the first Tuscan Grand Prix, and is already proving to be a favourite among drivers and fans alike.

“It’s just flowing. It’s just awesome — you take such good rhythm,” Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo said. “The way the kerbs are you kind of use all the exits, and it actually makes it quite nice, adds a bit of character to it.”

Qualifying starts at 11pm (AEST) following the completion of Practice Three at 9pm.

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F1 2020: Lewis Hamilton launches Extreme E team, X44, Mercedes, Tuscan Grand Prix

Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton on Tuesday announced he was entering a team in the Extreme E competition, a new electric off-road racing series that aims to shed light on environmental issues.

It will be Hamilton’s first foray into motorsport team ownership, although he will not drive or be involved in the day-to-day operation of his X44 team — named after his car number at Mercedes.

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