Hamilton goes top after Italian GP win

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Sep 2017 09:25:06



LEWIS Hamilton took over as leader of the drivers’ world championship for the first time this year on Sunday when he claimed a lights-to-flag victory as Mercedes dominated the Italian Grand Prix.

The 32-year-old Briton, seeking his fourth world title, made a perfect start from his record 69th pole position to lead his Mercedes team-mate Finn Valtteri Bottas home for his sixth win this year, his third at Monza and the 59th of his career.

Hamilton now leads four-time champion Sebastian Vettel by three points after the German finished third, 36 seconds adrift, in his Ferrari in front of a big home crowd on the weekend of the Italian team’s 70th anniversary celebrations.
“I am so happy and the team did a great job - Mercedes power is definitely better than Ferrari power,” said Hamilton, who was booed by a large partisan crowd.

Double point finish for Force India: FORCE India Formula One team enjoyed a productive double point finish as Estaban Ocon and Sergio Perez grabbed the sixth and ninth spots in the Italian Grand Prix.
Ocon, who started third at the grid, finished sixth to collect eight points from the race while Perez, who began at 10th today, ended at ninth to collect two points.