Updated: 10/09/2012 15:24 | By pa.press.net

Hamilton wins at Monza

Lewis Hamilton led the Italian Grand Prix from start to finish

Lewis Hamilton led the Italian Grand Prix from start to finish

Lewis Hamilton set aside speculation over his future to take victory in the Italian Grand Prix and refresh his hopes of Formula One world title glory.

After crashing out at the first corner of last Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix along with championship leader Fernando Alonso, and amid the saga of his contract negotiations with McLaren, Hamilton conjured a superb drive at Monza to claim his third win of the season and 20th of his career.

The Briton finished 4.3 seconds ahead of Sauber's Sergio Perez in second place, with Alonso giving the Ferrari fans plenty to cheer with third to establish a 37-point gap in the standings ahead of new second-placed man Hamilton.

The start was routine enough for Hamilton, a straightforward getaway, with no drama alongside team-mate Jenson Button after McLaren on Saturday celebrated the 62nd front-row lockout, and a new F1 record.

Alonso made up three places on lap one, had moved past Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen on lap two, and soon after was running fifth when he cut his was past Michael Schumacher in his Mercedes. That left him with reigning champion Sebastian Vettel in his sights, and it was not long before the duo were going head to head.

A failed pass into Rettifilo was soon followed by a brave move through the Curva Grande, one which Vettel defended with too much aggression as he forced Alonso on to the grass. The stewards took a dim view as they handed the 24-year-old German a drive-through penalty, with his woes compounded later on when he retired along the pit straight.

Vettel was the second big-name retirement as hopes of a dream one-two for McLaren were scuppered when Button pulled off track on lap 33 complaining of a lack of drive. Button's exit elevated Alonso to third, which unsurprisingly became second soon after when he eased past Felipe Massa for a Ferrari second and third - before Perez suddenly put in a number of lightning laps.

If Vettel's retirement was bad enough for Red Bull, worse followed in the closing stages when team-mate Mark Webber dropped three places from seventh to 10th with a spin on to the grass, only to retire in the pits a lap from home.

The upshot leaves Hamilton as Alonso's nearest challenger, with Raikkonen a further point down in third after the Finn finished fifth, whilst Vettel is a further point adrift. Webber is now 47 points down overall.

The Mercedes duo of Schumacher and Nico Rosberg were sixth and seventh, followed by Paul Di Resta in his Force India, the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi and Williams of Bruno Senna.

09/09/2012 15:07
Great drive Lewis - you controlled the race from start to finish and dominated the weekend. 2nd place in the championship, 37 points difference with 7 races remaining and Mclaren being the team to beat at the moment. Its all to play for so go for it.
09/09/2012 15:09
Well Done Lewis.Now repeat it at the next race.
09/09/2012 15:18
Glad to hear that  Lewis  still has winning ways.
09/09/2012 19:22
go for it lewis...all respect to alonso - but come on lewis!
09/09/2012 15:52

Way to go Lewis, Come on you can win this years championship!!

09/09/2012 20:54

fantastic Lewis, keep up the good work and well done to Jenson , took it like a man, well done to the team and every one concerned. However, To all the Farari mob, How disrespectful the Italians'. Not only disrespectful

for booing Lewis Hamilton when he spoke, But worst of all , The chanting during the National Anthem. You dont deserve any praise at all. Show some rexpect far-raaway Iti's

09/09/2012 17:24

Good solid drive from Hamilton but the performance of the day has to go to Perez, definately future champ in the making.

Got to love the podium at monza that comes out over the track, what a venue and great atmosphere.

09/09/2012 16:04
The last few races this season are going to be a great watch! So close I would not say it's alonso's title yet....
09/09/2012 18:03

As a disabled OAP I look forward to watching the Grand Prix's on telly- which puts me in a different place for part of the day.

So - check the TV mag - Italian GP from Monza is Sunday 9th at 5.35pm.

Great - it's the middle of the afternoon with time to spare - put the computer on in order to check on a couple of watched items on Ebay.

Click Internet connection - eventually the MSN front page appears and guess what it says -

"Hamilton wins at Monza"

How can that be - the bloody race has not started yet - at least not in my front room.

Why is it that peoples enjoyment is spoiled by announcing results before we get time to watch the programme - and this applies to all sports fixtures - not just motor racing.

It is now 5.50pm and I am writing this instead of watching the race - as the enjoyment has gone.

09/09/2012 16:16

Great to see him back on winning ways hope this continues till end of the season


09/09/2012 16:31
Great drive lewis, Second now keep it up wdc is in reach.......What about sergio fantastic drive today.
09/09/2012 20:34
Well done Lewis and I hope you continue doing what you do well and with the full support of the team and all around you,you will do very well and you just have to focus on Alonso and Vettel. In my opinion all these guys are a very good drivers and with a bit of luck one of them should win the World Championship.
09/09/2012 19:58
nice one lewis Alonso dont make a big deal about how good you are so dont do it to him ,if you can respect him then he should respect you because you are a good driver.
09/09/2012 17:11
Lewis deserves to win, especially after last week's disaster. Well done!
09/09/2012 22:30
I think todays Result at Monza shows where Hamilton should be next season, Not with Mercedes and their pot of Gold their offering? But with McLaren,They are the team who offer the best chance of winning GP`s and the F1 world Championship

Well done Lewis I still feel u should go, Whitmarsh is not bating for you me thinks.

The inherently corrupt the Italians, their judicial system, in F! in recent times they've seemed to have some influence with guess what F1 Stewards! First to shout foul and when they do they seem to always get a favourable response.

I have noticed the BBC commentators really suck up to Ferrari and anything relating to them.

Coultard mention Lewis and word maturity in the same sentence and funnily enough so did Whitmarsh.

Shame Jenson didn’t manage do the 1,2 for McLaren

09/09/2012 22:42
I always cheer any english/brit sports person regardless of colour or creed, well done lewis unlucky jenson. in my mind the only way we wont win the world championship is because just like in football the spanish will cheat,(has we know thats what alonso done to lewis to try to stop him a couple of years ago, he may have forgoten i haven,t) we english/brits must take heart from the olympics like ellie summers
09/09/2012 17:14
Listened to race (yes, listened) to race on Five Live...didn't really miss the visual bit as commentary was spot on. Up yours Sky!
10/09/2012 13:10
Great day for Lewis as he beat Alonso at home where Ferrari would of liked to impress the world but is was not to be although Alonso was my driver of the day as he came from 10th to finish 3rd...well with a little help from poor Masa who had his best race this season.
I was very disappointed at the treatment Lewis received from the crowds even it was expected being the back yard of Ferrari but this is sport and such behaviour should not be allowed.

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