Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton’s reign of dominance continued at Imola with his ninth race win of the 2020 season, as team-mate Valtteri Bottas came in second.

It was the perfect result for Mercedes, who clinched a seventh consecutive Constructors’ Championship with a dominant afternoon’s work.

A well-timed Virtual Safety Car helped Lewis Hamilton to victory at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as Mercedes officially clinched the 2020 constructors’ championship.

Valtteri Bottas qualified on pole and looked in a good position to claim a third race victory of the season, but damage to the bottom of the Finn’s car coupled with a change of strategy from Hamilton saw the Brit win his third straight race.

Max Verstappen was well-placed to finish second, and perhaps even push Hamilton towards the end of the race, but spun into the gravel with just 13 laps remaining after suffering a problem at the rear of his car.

The Mercedes one-two saw the Silver Arrows claim their seventh successive constructors’ championship and their 11th race victory of 2020, with Verstappen and Pierre Gasly the only drivers to have loosened Bottas and Hamilton’s grip on the season.