Tuscan GP red flagged after three car pile up

The Formula 1 Tuscan Grand Prix was red flagged on Lap 9 without a racing lap having been completed.

The Safety Car had been called for an opening lap tangle which involved Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly, and Romain Grosjean at Turn 2 only for a restart crash to halt proceedings.

Valtteri Bottas led the field back to the green flag once the opening lap dramas had been mopped up, keeping the speed low to protect his advantage as the field accelerated down the long front straight.

Back in the pack, the field was stacked before some began accelerating before the race leader.

That resulted in Antonio Giovinazzi slamming into the rear of Kevin Magnussen, the pair then plowed into by Carlos Sainz Jr. while the incident also accounted for the innocent Nicholas Latifi.

Giovinazzi’s car was thrown skywards in the initial impact while debris showered the front straight and left Race Control with no option but to red flag the event.