Italian victory is an extra special – Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says that his Monza victory gives incredible feeling; especially it was his first top podium place in Italian Grand Prix since 2007 second place.

2008 world champion locked pole position on yesterday qualifying, and dominated whole session of the race to set his third victory of this season. And also he admitted that his team-mate Button’s Belgian GP victory had influenced him he could win this weekend and added that he was satisfied to finally be victorious at Monza.

Now Hamilton in second on the drivers’ championship 37 behind the leader Fernando Alonso, Hamilton still targets win 2012 F1 title.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Hamilton said.

“It’s phenomenal, you never know what’s going to happen when you come in to a race weekend and the guys have done a great job with the package – I knew that from the previous race with Jenson’s pace, I thought that means I’ve got to do the same here – and the guys did a great job.”

“This is a very historic circuit; when I was driving I was thinking that all the greats have won here, so to finally get a win here is just the icing on the cake.”

“I hope this is the start of something good in the future coming here as I’ve not had the best results in the past. And also in the future we’ll maybe have a little more support here.”

“It’s going be incredibly tough. Fernando just let the cat out of the bag and said they’ve got a lot of upgrades coming to the next race so I’m going to go back to the factory and hope that the guys are doing the same, which I trust they will be. We’ve got seven more races so this is just one step; tomorrow we start again and try to attack in the next race.

“I think Ferrari were as quick as us this weekend – at least as quick as us this weekend – I think if Fernando had a better qualifying I’m sure he would have been up there with me and made the race perhaps a little bit harder than it was. But I think Ferrari seem like they’re very, very quick and we need to stay on it to continue to compete with them.”

“I was cruising for the last 20 laps. I had a 14 second gap, at the time I think it was Felipe who was behind and even though I was cruising he was going slower than me. Then I heard Fernando had overtaken and Fernando began to catch so I just pulled out a little bit more time and matched his time to keep it relaxed and then [Perez] started catching me at a second a lap so probably the last four laps I started pushing a little bit more just to maintain a little bit more the gap.”

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