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Hit to Ferrari: Hamilton prevails and is new leader

Hit to Ferrari: Hamilton prevails and is new leader

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton dealt a severe blow to the Ferrari team at the Italian Grand Prix today by winning overwhelmingly at the Monza circuit and storming the world championship lead.

The triple world champion commanded a new double for Mercedes, with the Finn Valtteri Bottas in the second drawer of the podium, while the German Sebastian Vettel, leader from the first race until today, was third.

After his sixth win of the season, Hamilton now leads the table with 238 points, three more than Vettel. The German, who started the season with three wins and three second places in the first six races, only won a Grand Prix in the next seven. In just one week he squandered a 14-point lead.

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Ferrari was looking for its first victory against its “tifosi” in Monza since 2010, when the Spanish Fernando Alonso delighted the Italian fans. But they will have to keep waiting at least one more season. The other red car, Finn’s Kimi Raikkonen, crossed the line in fifth position, just behind Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull. The Australian was fourth after starting sixteenth.

“It was a great day and a great result,” said Hamilton after a Mercedes show of power at the Ferrari home. Vettel came more than half a minute behind Briton. “Everything is due to the work of the team, which has managed to maximize what the car had. The car went very well, it was a pleasure to drive it, “added the new leader.

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The victory rounded out a perfect weekend for him, after he became the driver with the most pole positions in Formula 1 history on Saturday.

However, he was booed by much of the crowd that filled and colored the main straight during the awards ceremony. «I love being here and I adore the passion of the fans here. You don’t see this energy anywhere else, ”the Briton replied with a sporty attitude.

All the applause was saved by the fans for Vettel. «They are the best public in the world. Forza Ferrari! ”He shouted in Italian after climbing from sixth to third place. «It was entertaining, I had a great time. We have not had pace to catch up with those who were leading, but we have a strong car and we will have a very, very strong end of the season, “he promised the” tifosi “.

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