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F1: Hamilton leads full beast mode 1-2 at Monza

Sep 032017

Lewis Hamilton cranked it up to full beast mode this weekend, after powering his way to the top of the Formula One drivers' championship with a win in the Italian Grand Prix.

The three time world champion’s flawless drive from pole position, plus Valtteri Bottas' second-place made it an impressive 1-2 podium lockout for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team in Ferrari's heartland.

It was Lewis' sixth win of the season, and he now becomes the first driver to win back-to-back races in 2017. It also means he is now three points clear of rival Sebastian Vettel, heading to the next race in Singapore, as the season reaches an important and thrilling final run of Grand Prix.

Lewis said: "Going to Singapore in beast mode like I did today is definitely the plan! Giving it absolutely everything we've got. Ferrari might be a little bit quicker nonetheless it's going to continue to be really close between us.

“It's obviously an incredibly exciting season and the last two races have been incredibly strong for us as a team. We've gone from strength from strength and really shown real strength and depth and I think it's the way we have come together in this second half so far is exceptional."

 

Lewis and Valtteri's performance at Monza secured an excellent result for the Silver Arrows, who have led this this race for the past four years. An incredible statistic, that amounts to a whopping 212 laps of racing at the front of the pack.

Valtteri added: "What I'm really happy about is the one-two for the team! From my side it was a good race, even though I lost one position at the beginning. Luckily, I got it back quite quickly and could then overtake the Williams and the Force India.

 

"After that the pace was great and I was really enjoying it - the car war so strong today. It was amazing to be on the podium. Monza is definitely one of the best - if not the best - podiums in Formula One. It's such a great atmosphere, so much noise, so many people - I wish everyone could experience it. Looking forward, we know that we still have a lot of work to do, the races ahead will be a close battle with Ferrari.”

“2017 Italian Grand Prix Race result”

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 1h15m32.312s

2. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 53 4.471s

3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 53 36.317s

4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 53 40.335s

5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53 1m00.082s

6. Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 53 1m11.528s

7. Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 53 1m14.156s

8. Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 53 1m14.834s

9. Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 53 1m15.276s

10. Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 52 1 Lap

11. Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 52 1 Lap

12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 52 1 Lap

13. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 52 1 Lap

14. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 52 1 Lap

15. Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 52 1 Lap

16. Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 51 2 Laps

17. Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 50 Gearbox

18. Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 49 Accident

- Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 33 Power Unit

- Jolyon Palmer Renault 29 Transmission

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