Hamilton storms to victory at the Italian Grand Prix

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the Italian Grand Prix with a one-stop tyre strategy, starting on the P Zero White medium tyre and then switching to the P Zero Orange hard tyre for the rest of the race.

At one of the fastest races of the year, with approximately a 24-second time loss in the pit lane, most drivers were able to take advantage of the low wear and degradation of both compounds to stop only once.

The top 10 on the grid all started on the medium tyre, with Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg the highest-placed driver to start on the hard tyre, from 13th on the grid. He then completed a long 33-lap final stint on the softer tyre at the end of the race.

Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, said: “Throughout the weekend, wear and degradation rates were low on both compounds – even with the punishing speeds and impacts with kerbs that the tyres have to face here at Monza.

“We’ve seen top speeds during the race in excess of 360kph, putting on a great show for the spectators. Also, we’ve experienced no blistering during the course of the weekend, which can occasionally be an issue at Monza.

“Congratulation to Lewis Hamilton for his second win with us at Monza: we saw plenty of high-speed action further down the field as well, showcasing all the skills of the current generation of Formula One drivers and cars.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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