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 Formula 1 (@F1) September 3, 2017?? Silver liningA day to remember for @MercedesAMGF1 at Monza #ItalianGP ???? #F1 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 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 read more

Virat Kohli wins hearts in Chennai ahead of first ODI vs Australia

first_imgVirat Kohli is one of the most loved athletes in India and every time he steps out, a hoard of fans want to get his autograph or take a picture with him.The India skipper though is not bothered by the frenzy. He says that he has a special place for the children in the swarm of fans and he personally makes an effort to spot them and spare time, in a video posted by BCCI.”I don’t want to disappoint children when I see them because someone can get inspired at some stage and do something productive,” Kohli said in the press conference on the eve of the first ODI against Australia in Chennai.VIDEO: #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli wins hearts off the field #INDvAUS BCCI (@BCCI) September 16, 2017While Kohli does look to please the kids, he feels the ‘add-ons’ make it a bit difficult to stay for long.”I always look to sign autographs and take pictures for the kids but the add-ons obviously come along and it gets a bit difficult. For kids though, I always stop,” Kohli said.Kohli was seen interacting with the kids in Chennai in the video and he can be seen signing autographs and clicking pictures for the kids.Virat Kohli’s men will take on Steve Smith’s Australia in the first of the five ODIs in Chennai on Sunday. Earlier in the year, India won the Test series 2-1 against Australia at home. The winner of the series can go on top of the rankings. However, one has to beat the other 4-1 or better in the five-match series to go on top.advertisementlast_img read more