In Summary
  • There are some things in life that one doesn’t choose, and Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton certainly didn’t choose to set a new record of 69 pole positions at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the famed Formula One circuit in Italy on the 70th anniversary of Ferrari.
  • Hamilton went one better and won Sunday’s race after an unchallenged drive throughout the 53 laps of the 5.793 kilometre circuit, much to the chagrin of the Tifosi.
  • The front of the grid at the start of the race had unfamiliar faces, with the Williams of the teenager, Lance Stroll, lining up behind Hamilton and then the Force India of Esteban Ocon.

There are some things in life that one doesn’t choose, and Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton certainly didn’t choose to set a new record of 69 pole positions at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the famed Formula One circuit in Italy on the 70th anniversary of Ferrari.

Hamilton went one better and won Sunday’s race after an unchallenged drive throughout the 53 laps of the 5.793 kilometre circuit, much to the chagrin of the Tifosi.

The front of the grid at the start of the race had unfamiliar faces, with the Williams of the teenager, Lance Stroll, lining up behind Hamilton and then the Force India of Esteban Ocon.

The two had gained two positions after both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo received grid penalties prior to the race start for effecting engine changes.

When the lights went out, Stroll had a slightly better start than Hamilton but the Briton maintained the lead into turn one given that his start was not exactly what one may term as slow or disastrous.

In fact, it was Ocon who was able to pip Stroll into turn one through the outside. Mercedes’ driver Valterri Bottas who started fourth also saw Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen get the better of him soon after the start. In the second lap, Bottas regained his position and began hunting the Force India and the Williams that stood between him and his teammate.

Verstappen made a stellar start, climbing up five positions to eighth by the second lap.

That same lap, Hamilton set the first of a number of fastest laps. Verstappen’s race came a cropper on the next lap when he had contact with the Williams of Felipe Massa, the resultant puncture pushing the teenager to last position after pitting. Meanwhile, Bottas had already made his way up to second behind his teammate by the fourth lap.

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