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Hamilton takes championship lead with Monza win

Mercedes secure 1-2 finish at the Italian Grand Prix

Italian Grand Prix – Lewis Hamilton claimed his sixth win of the season ahead of Valtteri Bottas to take a three-point lead in the drivers’ championship.

The Mercedes driver converted his pole position to lead a dominant Mercedes 1-2 victory with Sebastian Vettel finishing over thirty seconds behind in third.

With the top three able to make light work of overtaking high-qualifying midfielders Lance Stroll (Williams) and Esteban Ocon (Force India), Daniel Ricciardo was the only other driver to make a challenge for a podium place.

Starting in sixteenth place, Red Bull’s Ricciardo started on the harder compound tyre to take advantage of some mid-race free air to challenge the Ferrari drivers.

Passing Kimi Raikkonen with a dozen laps to go, Ricciardo hoped to take advantage of the softer-compound tyre and challenge Vettel’s podium place. However, he fell a couple of seconds short of succeeding.

Raikkonen settled for fifth place, whilst a late battle between the Force India and the Williams cars saw Ocnon take sixth from Stroll, Felipe Massa (Williams) and Sergio Perez (Force India).

Max Verstappen had made good early progress, moving from thirteenth to eighth on the first lap of the race. However, contact with Massa resulted in car damage and a puncture.

Despite the setback, he recovered to secure tenth place and the final championship point, passing Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) in the final few laps.

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