Rome, Lewis Hamilton denied Ferrari a dream

home win at the Italian Grand Prix today as he overtook Kimi

Raikkonen eight laps from the end to claim a fifth victory in seven years

at Monza.

The Mercedes driver beat Raikkonen, who had started in pole, to

tie Michael Schumacher’s record of five Italian GP victories and extend

his championship lead to 30 points over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who

had a nightmare start.

Valtteri Bottas was third in his Mercedes, ahead of Vettel and Red

Bull’s Max Verstappen, who received a five-second penalty.

Hamilton had started third, behind Raikkonen and Vettel after

the Ferraris started on the front row, booking the top two places at

Monza for the first time since 2000.

The championship leader put Vettel under pressure immediately,

but Vettel pulled clear and was alongside Raikkonen into the first

corner.

Hamilton had another go on the outside heading into the second

chicane, inching ahead of Vettel when they made contact causing

Vettel to spin and lose part of his front wing.

The safety car was deployed and Vettel went into the pits for a

new front wing, coming out 18th.

Both drivers complained on team radio, but an investigation

decided that no further action was necessary.

Moments after the safety car came in on lap four, Hamilton swiftly

overtook Raikkonen on the straight, but gave the lead back almost

immediately at the second chicane.

Meanwhile, Vettel was powering through the field and had

made it back into the top 10 by lap 15 and was up to fifth nine laps

later. But, the German’s hopes of getting onto the podium were

diminished when he was forced to make another pit stop and came out

10th.

Raikkonen pitted from the lead at the end of lap 20 and came

out fourth, behind Hamilton, his Mercedes teammate Bottas and

Verstappen.

Hamilton waited until the end of lap 28 to come in for fresh tires,

handing the lead to Bottas who was ahead of a charging Raikkonen.

Hamilton emerged third and with his teammate holding up

Raikkonen, the British driver was able to close the gap.

When Bottas eventually pitted at the end of lap 36, the fight was

on, with Raikkonen holding a one-second advantage over Hamilton.

A few laps later Hamilton struck, coming around the outside of

Raikkonen on turn one at the end of the straight to overtake the Finn

and never looked back.

Behind them there was a scrap for third place culminating at the

first chicane when Verstappen appeared to move into Bottas, forcing

the Finnish driver onto an escape road.

Verstappen was furious when he was told he had been given a

five-second penalty for his role in the incident on team radio, swearing

and adding: They’re doing a great job of killing racing, honestly, the

Associated Press (AP) news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency