Hamilton holds his nerve to win action-packed Tuscan Grand Prix

Mugello, Italy: Lewis Hamilton won a hectic Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday to clinch his 90th Formula One win and move just one shy of Michael Schumacher's record.

The first Formula One race on Mugello's super-fast corners was incident-packed. Two crashes in the first seven laps saw six drivers go out, with the red flag halting the race after the second.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton after winning the Tuscan Grand Prix at the Mugello circuit in Scarperia, Italy on Sunday.Credit:AP

A second red flag late on after Lance Stroll crashed his Racing Point car meant another grid restart – on lap 46 of 59 – and gave Valtteri Bottas another chance to beat race leader Hamilton.

However, Hamilton held firm in his Mercedes as Renault's Daniel Ricciardo tustled with Bottas, who claimed second but lost ground to teammate Hamilton in the title race.

Bottas pushed hard and got to within 1.1 seconds of Hamilton on the penultimate lap but the British driver clocked a fastest lap on the last one to take a bonus point.

Red Bull driver Alexander Albon drove well to finish third and clinch a first career podium that will boost his chances of keeping his seat alongside team star Max Verstappen next year.

Hamilton can equal Schumacher’s record for wins at the Russian GP in two weeks' time and take a step closer to matching Schumacher's record of seven world titles.

AP

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