Hamilton storms to controversial victory at Italian Grand Prix

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton stormed to a controversial victory at the Italian Grand Prix after stewards cleared him of breaking tyre rules.

It was Hamilton’s seventh victory this season, strengthening his stranglehold on the world title, however his win hung in the balance after his Mercedes team had been put under investigation after the race on the grounds the tyres were below the minimum permitted pressure.

Hamilton won with a one-stop tyre strategy from pole position and a winning margin of 25 seconds, while Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was second on an identical strategy and Felipe Massa took the third podium place for Williams.

Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, commented after the race: “As ever, Monza proved to be an amazing experience, with an incredible atmosphere provided by some of the most enthusiastic fans we see all year. As a Formula One venue, it is simply emblematic.

“Lewis Hamilton drove a text-book race for Mercedes, ending up with a well-deserved victory thanks to a perfectly executed strategy. Behind him, there were also some great battles throughout the field, with a one-stop strategy becoming the default option for the field – despite the fact that Monza is known for its high wear and degradation.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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