Lewis Hamilton takes championship lead over Sebastien Vettel with dominant Monza display
Lewis Hamilton moved ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the F1 drivers’ standings on Sunday with a dominant display at Monza that saw Mercedes secure a one-two finish.
Hamilton looked in good form in qualifying on Saturday despite the rain as he secured a record-breaking 69th pole, moving clear of Michael Schumacher.
He continued that in the race as he led from start to finish with team-mate Valtteri Bottas moving up from fourth to second, while Williams' Lance Stroll and Force India's Esteban Ocon - second and third on the grid respectively - dropped down to seventh and sixth. Sebastien Vettel was third.
Hamilton's victory means he has a first set of back-to-back victories of the season and now moves on to 238 points, three ahead of Vettel on 235.
The Australian produced some excellent overtakes to work his way up to fourth and he pushed Vettel right to the end of the race.
It was a tough day for the Ferraris in their home race, as Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen struggled to keep pace with the superior Mercedes.
It was more bad news for Fernando Alonso in his McLaren Honda as the car really struggled and he had to retire, with team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne suffering the same outcome.
Italian Grand Prix results
1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:15:32.310
2. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes +00:04.471
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 00:36.317
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 00:40.335
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 01:00.082
6. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India - Mercedes 01:11.528
7. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams-Mercedes 01:14.156
8. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 01:14.834
9. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 01:15.276
10. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull - TAG Heuer 1 lap
11. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas - Ferrari 1 lap
13. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 1 lap
14. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso - Renault 1 lap
15. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas - Ferrari 1 lap
16. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 2 laps
17r. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 3 laps
18r. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber - Ferrari 4 laps
r. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 20 laps
r. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 25 laps