Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona
F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

Hamilton shines at Monza with victory for McLaren // McLaren take the trophy in Italy, with a win and a retirement

Published by Christine Blachford

Hamilton shines at Monza with victory for McLaren
Credit: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

Welcome to F1Minute - Hamilton shines at Monza with victory for McLaren.

Lewis Hamilton made a great start from pole position at the Italian Grand Prix, zipping away into the lead and never looking back. Behind him, Felipe Massa also made a good start, moving up into second off the line, but he gradually dropped back as the afternoon wore on.

Jean-Éric Vergne was the first retirement of the day, spinning off track and flying over the kerbs with a significant bump. Sebastian Vettel also retired with an alternator problem but not before causing a little controversy. The German was given a drive through penalty for pushing Fernando Alonso, who was pushing to overtake, completely off track.

Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber also failed to make the end of the race, as did Jenson Button, who couldn’t capitalise on his front row grid slot.

It was Lewis Hamilton who took victory, joined on the podium by Sergio Pérez - who put in a storming drive from 12th, overtaking Kimi Räikkönen not once but twice! Fernando Alonso was third, the Spaniard’s podium allowing him to extend his lead in the championship, with Hamilton moving into second.