Italian GP: Lewis Hamilton becomes first back-to-back winner in 2017, takes championship lead

first_imgMercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday with a dominant drive and went clear at the top of the Formula One world championship for the first time in the year.The triple champion, who started the race from a record 69th career pole position, led Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas to a runaway one-two finish in front of the massed ranks of red-shirted Ferrari fans.BREAKING: @LewisHamilton wins at Monza to take the lead in the drivers’ championship #ItalianGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/Sk2ikB1dlh- Formula 1 (@F1) September 3, 2017?? Silver liningA day to remember for @MercedesAMGF1 at Monza #ItalianGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/V19zYnTO2L- Formula 1 (@F1) September 3, 2017Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who had led the standings since he won the Australian season-opener in March, finished third and 36.3 seconds behind the winner.Hamilton is now three points clear of the German, with seven races remaining.UPDATED DRIVER STANDINGS ???@LewisHamilton is now leading the championship for the first time this season! #ItalianGP ???? #F1 pic.twitter.com/KantdrUHhx- Formula 1 (@F1) September 3, 2017Hamilton had won the Belgian Grand Prix on August 27 to mark his 200th Formula One race and had reduced Vettel’s championship lead to just seven points.With the win in Italy, Hamilton has won back-to-back races, becoming the first to do so this year.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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