Lewis Hamilton wins 5th Italian Grand Prix


For Ferrari, the wait continues.

Sebastian Vettel controversially accused Lewis Hamilton of wrecking his Italian Grand Prix in a pivotal first-lap crash. "In future I only want to turn to a negative to a positive".

Lewis Hamilton celebrates with fans after winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

"Today was so hard".

"In future, negativity is only an inspiration for me. I actually accept it", said Hamilton, booed massively on the podium by the crowd flooding the main straight with their flares and flags.

But with Vettel attempting to chase down championship leader Hamilton at the top of the drivers' standings, the former Red Bull man will feel he deserves the team's full backing.

Star of the session: Kimi is the popular choice after his first pole since Monaco previous year, but I'll throw a left-field suggestion in and say Lance Stroll.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was handed a five-second penalty for refusing to give Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas room and pushing him off track.

"I was really looking forward to my first Monza GP", Hartley said.

But from there I think we drove well and tried to recover.

"Lewis saw a little bit around the outside but he didn't leave me any space", the German told Sky F1 television of the collision.

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"First my mission was to hold up Kimi for a while, but then to end up on the podium", he said after the race.

They were shattered by Hamilton.

Hamilton made a move on Vettel's outside headed into the second chicane on the first lap.

The Safety Car remained in the lead until Lap 4.

Hamilton said: 'I was a bit surprised Seb chose the inside and not the outside of Kimi. "We got a lot of points so it could be a lot worse today". "I always tell you that I don't really have the greatest of memories - but under the sheer pressure that we are under I definitely will consider it to be quite far up there". "I think we did good team work today". If you get spun around there's not much you can do from there.

Raikkonen admitted the laps spent behind Bottas contributed to his tyres going off at the end of the race.

Bottas led until lap 36 before pitting, releasing Raikkonen and Hamilton to duke it out for the win.

Hamilton emerged third and with his teammate holding up Raikkonen, the British driver was able to close the gap.

Indeed, Lewis Hamilton, who was sitting on provisional pole until the closing seconds of a scintillating qualifying session, finished third.

For the rest of the opening stint Hamilton gradually drifted outside of DRS range, but Raikkonen's lead never rose above two seconds before he stopped on lap 20 of the 53.

It was the Finn's first pole position since Monaco previous year, the 18th of his career and Ferrari's first at Monza since 2010, when they last won at the track outside Milan.