GP d’Italia, gara–03/09/2017
Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix as Mercedes dominates
Lewis Hamilton produced a dominant drive to win the Italian Grand Prix and seize the Formula 1 world championship lead outright for the first time this season.
The Mercedes driver led away from pole and dictated the race from the front, crossing the line 4.4 seconds ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel third, 36.3s behind the leader.
It was Hamilton’s sixth victory of the season and moves him three points clear of Vettel in the drivers’ championship with Bottas a further 41 adrift.
Hamilton made a good start from pole, moving right across the track to defend from Lance Stroll and leading into Turn 1.
Esteban Ocon, starting third, took advantage of Stroll getting baulked to sweep around the outside and settle into second.
Further back, Bottas banged wheels with Kimi Raikkonen as they came through the first chicane, eventually making a pass stick to take for fourth.
Raikkonen snatched the position back at the second chicane, but Bottas then swept around the outside of Parabolica to reclaim the place.
Bottas then took third on lap three from Stroll before breezing past Ocon the following lap to move into second before setting off in pursuit of Hamilton.
The Finn closed the gap but couldn’t get within two seconds off his team-mate and ultimately finished second to secure Mercedes’s third one-two of the year.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo produced an impressive recovery drive from 16th, running a very long stint on the softs to move up the order in the first.
Ricciardo emerged on fresh super-softs after his only stop and put a great move on Raikkonen for fourth, then set about chasing Vettel, taking chunks of time out of the Ferrari driver but ultimately running out of laps.
Earlier in the race Raikkonen, who complained of a problem with the rear end of his car, had pitted early in a bid to leapfrog Ocon and Stroll.
He partially succeeded, getting ahead of Stroll who was delayed in his stop with a sticky left-rear tyre.
But he had to pass Ocon on track, launching an attack on the approach to the first chicane to take the place and going on to finish fifth, ahead of Ocon.
Stroll challenged Ocon in the closing stages but couldn’t make a move stick, and in the end he held off a spirited attack from Williams team-mate Felipe Massa to take seventh with Sergio Perez failing to take advantage of the squabble to end up ninth.
Massa survived contact with Perez and Max Verstappen early in the race to take eighth.
Verstappen was furious with Massa when they collided at Turn 1, the contact giving the Red Bull a front right puncture and dropping him back to the field.
But he recovered to take 10th but only after brief contact with Kevin Magnussen on the approach to the second chicane after he’d passed the Haas at the start of the lap.
It was a miserable race for McLaren, with Stoffel Vandoorne retiring after reporting "no power" and team-mate Fernando Alonso following suit on the penultimate lap at the request of the team.
Jolyon Palmer was on the fringes of the top 10, but was asked to retire his Renault by the team after it had discovered a problem.
Italian GP result
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||53||40.335s|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||53||1m11.528s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||53||1m15.276s|
|10||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||52||1 Lap|
|11||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||52||1 Lap|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||52||1 Lap|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||52||1 Lap|
|14||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||52||1 Lap|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||52||1 Lap|
|16||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||51||2 Laps|
|–||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||33||Power Unit|