Lewis Hamilton led Mercedes to an impressive one-two victory today at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix in Monza
After securing his record-breaking pole position on Saturday, Hamilton charged away from the pack and never looked back as he clinched the 59th victory of his career, sixth this year and fourth overall at the Italian race venue.
The result also propelled Hamilton to first place overall on the Drivers’ Championship standings as the season now heads to its final seven races.
Mercedes’s Valterri Bottas finished second today 4.471seconds behind to claim his first Formula 1 podium in Monza. Chief title rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari claimed the final podium place 36.317s off the winning pace.
Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing was fourth, Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari fifth, and Esteban Ocon of Force India sixth.
Hamtilon commented after the race:
“This is obviously an incredibly exciting season; the last two races have been really strong for us as a team. The way things have come together in the second half of the season is exceptional.
“Today, the car felt fantastic, particularly on that first stint. As we had a bit of breathing room behind us, it was easier for us to extend the life of the tyres. Valtteri did a fantastic job to get through and get this one-two. It is amazing to have the first back-to-back wins in a long, long time and claim the lead in the championship.
“But the fight will continue, the Ferraris have been really quick this season, especially on the high-downforce tracks. It will continue to be really close between us, so it will be ’beast mode’ all the way to the last chequered flag.”
|4||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||+40.335s||4|
|6||31||Esteban Ocon||Force India||+71.528s||6|
|9||11||Sergio Perez||Force India||+75.276s||9|
|10||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+1 lap||10|
|11||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||+1 lap||11|
|12||26||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||+1 lap||12|
|13||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||+1 lap||13|
|14||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||+1 lap||14|
|15||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas||+1 lap||15|
|16||94||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||+2 laps||16|