Britain’s Lewis Hamilton came into the Italian Grand Prix on a high as the previous week he won the Belgian Grand Prix and reduced the lead to just 7 between him and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who is ranked number one on the driver’s standings. The Italian crowd came out in large numbers to throw their support behind Vettel who has been in good form all season.
Hamilton Now Leads Vettel
Vettel thrilled the crowd as he took the lead with Hamilton following closely. This was the 70th anniversary at the Scuderia and Vettel was expected to win but Hamilton succeeded in overtaking him during the 44th lap and then did not allow him to pass after that. The crowd were not happy to see the Brit take their lead and could be heard booing Hamilton which he took in good spirits.
Hamilton held on to his lead and ended up winning the Italian Grand Prix and taking the number one spot on the driver standings. This was the first time in their rivalry that Hamilton has succeeded in winning back to back Grand Prix’s. He also acknowledged the booing he received and said he wasn’t surprised because for the last decade it was common to see a Ferrari driver win at the Scuderia. He said he was happy with his win as it was yet another team performance and although he had overtaken Vettel on the points table, he realized there was a long season ahead and it was up to Team Mercedes to continue to put in consistent performances.
Hamilton Looking Forward To Singapore
A few weeks ago at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton decided to allow his team mate Valtteri Bottas to overtake him in a show of team spirit as Bottas had earlier allowed Hamilton to pass to see if he could win the race. While it was a great show of sportsmanship from Hamilton, many believed that it could end up hurting him on the points table. Now that he has pulled ahead of Vettel, those concerns can be put to rest but it is up to Hamilton to continue to widen the lead.
Their next race will be in Singapore and Hamilton knows Ferrari will be a threat due to the extra downforce. Team Ferrari was not happy with their performance at the Italian Grand Prix and their chairman believed that they screwed up by underestimating the circuit and getting the car set-up wrong. They will look to make amends in Singapore and Hamilton will try to make it three in a row!