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Lewis Hamilton responds to whistles after commanding Monza win

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Lewis Hamilton has taken the lead in the World Championship for the first time this campaign, after he led Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas to a commanding 1-2 finish in today's Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton dominated the race from the start, with Bottas right behind him from the third lap. Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari were left frustrated on their home ground, as the german came third with around 36 seconds later. Ferrari's other driver, Kimi Räikkönen, finished fifth with a minute behind the winner.

The winner was booed on the podium by the bitter Italian crowd, which saw third-placed Vettel beaten by over 30 seconds, but responded with a classy comment of his own.

Lewis Hamilton countered the boos and whistles from the fans by stating that Mercedes power is "definitely better" than Ferrari power.

"You know what – I love it here in Italy," Hamilton began, per Planet F1.

"I love the passion of the fans especially the Ferrari fans. The energy – you never get to see it apart from Silverstone so I love it. I am happy. The team did an amazing job.

"Mercedes power is definitely better than Ferrari power. It worked well this weekend.

"The start was a bit difficult as the grip was quite low. It's a great day and result for us."

Hamilton refused to call the victory a turning point in the season, remaining calm and paying tribute to the team effort, which was the key for the double win.

"Today was all about the team pulling together and maximising the car. It was fantastic. I look forward to coming back here next year and for the rest of this season," Hamilton added.

Hamilton now has 228 points to Vettel’s 225, with Bottas third and still close with 197. Not only had he taken the lead in the 2017 drivers’ championship for the first time this season, but he is the first one to record back-to-back victories this year.

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