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New championship leader as Hamilton wins from pole in Monza // Quiet race in Italy see Lewis jump Sebastian

Published by Christine Blachford

New championship leader as Hamilton wins from pole in Monza
Credit: Ferrari Media
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There were so many grid penalties handed out ahead of the Italian Grand Prix that barely anyone started where they qualified. The potential for chaos was there, with out of position drivers throughout the field, but unfortunately it didn’t quite come to pass. Lewis Hamilton led from pole position and was comfortable throughout the race to take the victory, with Bottas second and Vettel third. That promotes Lewis into the lead of the title battle for the first time this year.

Elsewhere, Daniel Ricciardo rose through the field and put in a couple of fabulous overtaking moves to finish fourth, whilst Verstappen just managed to finish in the points despite an early puncture forcing him to the rear of the pack.

Lance Stroll started on the front row of the grid, but naturally dropped back. He, and the two Force India drivers, did battle for much of the race with Esteban Ocon eventually finishing ahead. Retirements included Palmer and Vandoorne, Alonso and Ericsson but there were no major dramas to speak of.