Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat were RaceFans’ Star Performers of the Tuscan Grand Prix weekend. Here’s why.


Daniel Ricciardo

With 12 laps to go Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault was in second place, splitting the two Mercedes after a great restart. He had little hope of keeping Valtteri Bottas behind, however – the W11 shot past him the next time around. Alexander Albon’s Red Bull got him in the DRS zone as well.

Nonetheless Ricciardo had got the Renault up where it didn’t belong in spite of being compromised in Q3 by his team mate’s spin at the end of the session. Ricciardo worked his way up through the field during the gap between red flags, and came away with a fourth place which was the best the team could hope for under the circumstances.

Daniil Kvyat

After his team mate’s victory at Monza, Daniil Kvyat needed a decent weekend and he delivered one. While Pierre Gasly stumbled in Q1 Kvyat made it through and qualified a decent 12th.

On race day he avoided the pitfalls which claimed many of his rivals in the midfield, and followed Lando Norris home for seventh place. It may not have been the highs of the previous race for AlphaTauri, but it was a solid weekend’s work.

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Sebastian Vettel

By his own admission, Vettel was fortunate to make it out of round one in qualifying after making a mistake. He couldn’t follow his team mate into Q3, and had it not been for the final red flag would probably have been beaten to the last point by George Russell’s Williams.

And the rest

Bottas got ahead of Hamilton but couldn’t stay there

Valtteri Bottas had the pace to beat Lewis Hamilton this weekend, but couldn’t quite make it happen. The final restart was a missed opportunity. Sadly more Honda trouble meant we never got to see whether Max Verstappen could take the fight to them, while Alexander Albon lost too much ground early on in the other Red Bull to be a factor, though he salvaged third and made his first podium appearance.

The various crashes left many drivers with tales of what might have been. Pierre Gasly went out in a lap one tangle with Kimi Raikkonen. Carlos Sainz Jnr (who out-qualified Norris again), Nicholas Latifi, Kevin Magnussen and Antonio Giovinazzi all crashed in the Safety Car restart and Esteban Ocon went out shortly afterwards with fried brakes.

Finally, an apparent puncture sent Lance Stroll into the barrier at Arrabbiata two at alarming speed – happily he was unhurt. He failed to out-qualify team mate Sergio Perez despite being the only one with Racing Point’s upgrade, though to be fair his final qualifying run was spoiled by Ocon’s spin.

Romain Grosjean, Haas, Mugello, 2020
Grosjean impressively recovered from this

Of those who made it to the finish, Romain Grosjean deserves a special mention. Having taken his Haas into Q2, he took heavy damage in the first-lap crash, but dragged his car home. Gorsjean was even up to ninth at the final restart, but was never going to be able to hold onto the place, and dropped behind the Ferraris and Russell.

Sergio Perez took fifth for Racing Point after being mugged by Albon at the final restart. McLaren weren’t particularly competitive at Mugello: Lando Norris failed to reach Q3 for the first time this year, but salvaged useful points with sixth.

Raikkonen should have been eighth, but broke the pit entry rules and collected a five-second time penalty. That promoted Charles Leclerc, who again laboured away in the dismal Ferrari, and impressively ran third at one stage. Russell might also have taken advantage had he not fallen to the back after a poor final restart.

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