Lewis Hamilton is back ahead of championship challenger Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after a convincing one-two finish at the Italian Gran Prix at Monza.

Hamilton began the race with a record 69th pole position earned in rain affected conditions during qualifying. By doing so he is ahead of Michael Schumacher’s record run.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas stayed on the tail of Hamilton throughout to bring in a much deserved P2 standing, while Sebastian Vettel battled his way up from the third row, managing to get ahead of teammate Raikkonen as well, to bring in the third spot on the podium.

Hamilton now has 228 points to Vettel’s 225, with Bottas still in touch on 197.

Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Italian GP 2017. Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas

Red Bull had some good news with Daniel Ricciardo putting in a brilliant performance to overcome his 25-place penalty on the grid (starting in 16th position), to bring up the fourth spot. In the process he demonstrated a text book overtaking manouevre on Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen after switching to supersofts on the 37th lap.

The sixth place was hotly contested among the two Force India’s and the Williams cars, with Ocon bringing up the spot, while Massa looked like he would manage to get ahead of Lance Stroll.

In his post race comments, Lewis Hamilton said, “Mercedes power is definitely better than Ferrari power, so it worked well this weekend”. On the other hand Vettel stayed clear of controversy saying, “It was entertaining. It was quite good fun. Obviously my start was not so good, I had a lot of wheelspin. It took a while before I could really trust the car and then I made some progress. We got some good overtaking there. Then we were a bit isolated. We didn’t have the pace of the leading two drivers today. Nevertheless, going round, seeing the people gives a lot of hop. Even if this race has been difficult I know that we have a very, very strong car and we will have a very, very strong end to the season, I’m sure of that”.

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