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Hamilton: Big congratulations to the team for our performance

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Lewis Hamilton took a crucial victory in the Italian Grand Prix after Nico Rosberg made a mistake under pressure from his Mercedes team-mate and nearest title contender.

Hamilton’s notes:- Firstly it was amazing to see the straight completely filled with fans from the podium today. You make this race and thank you so much for your support!

Big congratulations to the team for our performance this weekend. We said we wanted a one-two and we got it today; this result is important for everyone. It was a difficult race for me though. The launch sequence didn’t engage properly for the formation lap and then again for the start.

I tried to pull away as fast as possible, basically I just floored it and hoped for the best! Fortunately I didn’t lose too many places and was able to get past Kevin, then have a good battle with Felipe. When I closed up to Nico, I didn’t want to hold back as the car felt good and I knew from experience that the only chance would be at the start of the stint when the tyres were fresh so I went for it.

I’m really pleased with the win, it’s feels like I have some momentum back as we go into the final races.

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