Lewis Hamilton wins at Imola as Mercedes clinch constructors’ title


Lewis Hamilton took a record-extending 93rd profession win on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Sunday as his Mercedes staff clinched an unprecedented seventh successive Method One (F1) constructors’ title with 4 races to spare.

They did it in one-two formation, the six-times world champion taking the chequered flag at Italy’s Imola circuit 5.783 seconds forward of staff mate Valtteri Bottas, who had began on pole place.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo completed third for Renault, his second podium of the season.

Hamilton additionally banked a bonus level for the quickest lap to increase his lead over Bottas — now the one different driver in title rivalry — to a hefty 85 factors.

The Briton, who had dropped to 3rd on the opening lap after a poor begin, may now equal Ferrari nice Michael Schumacher’s document seven titles in two weeks’ time on the Turkish Grand Prix.

“What an unbelievable achievement for all of you. I’m so happy with all people and I’m so grateful to be part of it,” mentioned Hamilton over the staff radio after being informed of the constructors’ success.

“Folks watching possibly assume we’re used to this but it surely all the time looks like the primary with this staff and I feel that is due to the spirit,” he mentioned after stepping out of the automotive.

“It is unbelievable… seven-times champs. That is one thing I am going to have the ability to inform my grandchildren someday.”

Mercedes had already began celebrating their staff title 12 laps from the top when Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen crashed out with what appeared like a sudden rear puncture whereas in second place.

Pink Bull needed to rating 34 factors greater than Mercedes to maintain the championship open past Imola.

Verstappen had handed Bottas, battling a broken automotive, on lap 43 of 63. His under-pressure Thai staff mate Alexander Albon failed to attain in 15th place.