F1 Monza: Hamilton extends championship lead

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Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix after early clash with Vettel

Ferrari’s Vettel spun out in the first lap at Monza courtesy of a collision with Hamilton. Hamilton overtook Vettel around the outside into the second chicane on the opening lap, and Vettel ran wide, hit the Mercedes and spun to the back.

He charged through to finish fourth behind Valtteri Bottas, as a time penalty dropped Max Verstappen from the podium to fifth.

An early decision to pit Raikkonen led to his ultimate demise, as Hamilton chomped on his lead through the late section of the race, before eventually scraping ahead with eight laps remaining.

And it was another disappointing race for Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was sent spiralling midway through the race with an apparent engine failure, spelling disaster for the upcoming Grand Prix in Singapore.

With Kimi Raikkonen’s tyres in the dumps, a move from Lewis Hamilton to rain on the Finn’s Italian parade looked imminent. The Englishman crept up slowly on the Ferrari star’s rear before making a lighting quick move out of the slipstream to overtake him on the outside of the first chicane with eight laps remaining.

Superior speed saw the four-time champ easily run home to take his fifth win at Monza.

 

 

 

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