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F1: Lewis Hamilton wins Italian GP, takes Championship lead from Sebestian Vettel

F1: Lewis Hamilton wins Italian GP, takes Championship lead from Sebestian Vettel

British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, a three-time Formula One world champion, secured pole position for the 2017 Italian Grand Prix in a rain-plagued qualifying session at Monza.

The triple champion, who started the last race of the European season from a record 69th career pole position, led Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas to a runaway one-two finish at Ferrari's home track.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who is bidding to become the first Ferrari driver to win in front of the Tifosi since Fernando Alonso's triumph back in 2010, did not post a lap in the treacherous conditions. Stroll ended up seventh, one place ahead of Massa, with Mexican Sergio Perez ninth for Force India.

This was Hamilton's 59th Grand Prix victory, he has also taken the championship lead from Vettel. Hamilton was second in this category with 1:23.488 while Bottas was third with a time of 1:23.722.

"It's good for Sebastian that he has signed (at Ferrari).in the plan that I have coming up, in my five or six years that I have left in the sport, that piece of the puzzle is now in place", he said.

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"I felt that since 2014, I felt that if I was in a Mercedes I could have won, and last year as well, two kinda key years", the 28-year-old told ESPN in Milan.

"Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo started from the back of the grid, and nearly finished third, which suggests something is out of synch here and not how it should be". Niki Lauda, the Mercedes nonexecutive director, said at Spa that he had discussed a potential move with Vettel but the team firmly denied there had been discussions beyond the Austrian talking to the German driver in the paddock.

Right from the get go Hamilton dominated the race at Monza losing the lead only momentarily between pit stops. Vettel said. "My start was not so good - I had quite a lot of wheel spin and we didn't quite have the pace of the leading two cars but seeing the people and having that support was incredible". It promises to be a wet race tomorrow and Hamilton certainly has had a great start.

Hamilton then took command before Bottas delivered his best lap shortly before the teams switched their attentions to long runs, in race preparation, instead of one lap pace.

"I can't speak for other people, but I think Kimi and myself were racing each other the whole year". Even Williams clinched a win more recently with Felipe Massa in third place two years ago.


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