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Hamilton wins frantic Italian GP as Mercedes beat Ferrari on their home track

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Lewis Hamilton grabbed a thrilling Italian Grand Prix victory for Mercedes to expand his championship lead to 30 points over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who forced to down into the rear end of the racing grid after opening lap collision with Hamilton.

Hamilton and Vettel collided on the opening lap and resulted the German spinning down to 18th place and forced to change his damaged front-wing.

The Pole sitter Kimi Raikkonen made second place for Ferrari, the Finn leading for much of the race in a duel with Hamilton, the second Mercedes ace Valtteri Bottas taking third, who made late pit-stop and its helped his teammate Hamilton.

“Firstly, I want to give it up to Ferrari, who put up a great challenge,” a breathless Hamilton said.

“Secondly I want to say a huge thank you to the guys back home at the Mercedes factory.

“There was a lot of negativity, and that is natural when you are up against an opposing team but I could see the British flags around the track, and they inspired me and that is who I was driving for.

“In future, negativity is only an inspiration for me. We never give up. ”


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