Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix yesterday, and this way, became the first one to win back-to-back races this season.
The Mercedes driver started on pole and remained comfortably in the lead for the rest of the race at Monza.
By securing the victory in Italy, Lewis Hamilton heads the 2017 Drivers’ Championship for the first time this season.
He and his teammate Valtteri Bottas completed a dominant 1-2 finish in Monza, humbling third-placed Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari on their home turf.
With Vettel finishing third, it was enough to see Hamilton leave his Ferrari rival behind and lead the standings for the first time this year. Being seven points behind in the beginning of the race, Hamilton is now three points out in front.
Lewis Hamilton is on fire recently, as he has won three of the last four races.
In July, he won the British Grand Prix, leaving Vettel seventh. Two weeks later, Ferrari were superior and won first and second places in Hungary, with the Mercedes cars 12 seconds behind. Last time out, Hamilton won the battle against Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix, beating him by two seconds.
The victory in Monza capped a brilliant weekend for the British driver.
By finishing on pole on Saturday, Hamilton set a new record. It was the 69th time in his career he had qualified first on the grid, and doing that saw him move ahead of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.
Not everything went well for the winner, though.
Hamilton was booed on the podium by the disappointed Italian crowd, which saw third-placed Sebastian Vettel beaten by over 30 seconds.
However, the British driver remained calm and responded with a classy comment of his own.
"You know what – I love it here in Italy," Hamilton declared.
"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."
The new leader in the championship countered the boos and whistles from the fans by stating that Mercedes power is "definitely better" than Ferrari power.
"The start was a bit difficult as the grip was quite low. It's a great day and result for us."
Hamilton must be pleased with how things are going for him, with his back-to-back victories being promising for the remainder of the championship.
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