Hamilton wins at Imola to cap constructors’ title for Mercedes, Ricciardo third

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Lewis Hamilton took a record-extending 93rd career win on Sunday with victory in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as his Mercedes team clinched an unprecedented seventh successive Formula One constructors' title with four 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 ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas, who had started on pole position.

Third-placed Daniel Ricciardo on the podium for Renault on Sunday.Credit:Getty Images

"It's unbelievable … seven-times champs. That's something I'm going to be able to tell my grandchildren one day."

Mercedes had already started celebrating their team title 12 laps from the end when Red Bull's Max Verstappen crashed out with what looked like a sudden rear puncture while in second place.

Red Bull had to score 34 points more than Mercedes to keep the championship open beyond Imola.

Verstappen had passed Bottas, struggling with a damaged car, on lap 43 of 63. His under-pressure Thai team mate Alexander Albon failed to score in 15th place.

Reuters

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