Britain’s Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday with a dominant drive to take over the lead of the Formula One world championship.
The triple champion started the race from a record 69th career pole position and led his Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas to a runaway one-two finish in front of the massed ranks of red-shirted Ferrari fans at their home circuit Monza.
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LewisHamilton</a> is now leading the championship for the first time this season! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ItalianGP?src=hash">#ItalianGP</a> 🇮🇹 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash">#F1</a> <a href="https://t.co/KantdrUHhx">pic.twitter.com/KantdrUHhx</a></p>— Formula 1 (F1) September 3, 2017
It’s the first time in a year that Hamilton has been atop of the overall standings and he’s now three points clear of his closest rival, German Sebastian Vettel with seven races to go.
The Ferrari driver, who had led the standings since he won the Australian season-opener in March, finished third and 36.3 seconds behind the winner.