Hamilton wins after Vettel spins at Italian GP

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg

For Lewis Hamilton, it was a dream of a race as he won the Italian Grand Prix after starting third on the grid to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel following an opening-lap collision with the German driver that effectively ended his chances of victory on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton gave it everything in his Mercedes - and was on provisional pole for a matter of moments - before Sebastian Vettel first and then Raikkonen bettered his time.

Ferrari had the quickest cars at Monza and Vettel and his teammate Kimi Raikkonen had locked out the front row and were expected to win.

Vettel spun in a lap-one clash with Hamilton and although he raced back through the field with a damaged vehicle to fourth, he slipped 30 points behind the Englishman with seven races to go. Unfortunately, I was the one that spun around, which was a bit ironic but was that way.

"At the beginning I tried to overtake Kimi in Turn 1 and 4, but I couldn't".

"I want to give it up to Ferrari who put up a great challenge and gave us a great fight", said Hamilton after the race. I left him room. Second position is not ideal, but we take it; I think that we were lucky to finish the race, on the rear left tyre there was no rubber left. "We still have a long way to go but I am definitely happy with the day's result".

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas was third, ahead of Vettel and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who received a five-second penalty. 'I tried to get out from there but I couldn't.

"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.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg
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Following the Safety Car caused by the incident, Hamilton and Raikkonen then enjoyed an nearly identical battle, with Raikkonen, having been passed in Turn 1, going around the outside of Hamilton into Turn 4 - although this time, no contact was made...

"I think you can imagine how I felt".

The race stewards investigated and ruled the crash a normal "racing incident" that merited no further action.

"Disappointed but there was nothing I could do", said Raikkonen, who struggled with a tire problem in the final few laps. "It was obviously unnecessary, it could have been the other way around, but it wasn't so it was unfortunate and unlucky for us".

"For sure [I'm] down at the moment, mostly for the people".

"To know that I am up there with Michael is always a real privilege". If you get spun around there's not much you can do from there.

"I'm not too anxious [about the points difference]".

"We have Vettel who is the Ronaldo of formula one and Kimi who is a great friend".

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