Lewis Hamil­ton

Ital­ian GP (1st)

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You could name sev­eral of Hamil­ton’s drives as con­tenders for this rank­ing, but Monza was his most com­plete per­for­mance. It com­bined sev­eral key el­e­ments – su­perb over­tak­ing, strong race pace, pa­tience, in­tel­li­gence and the all-im­por­tant abil­ity to pounce when the stakes are high­est. This com­bi­na­tion al­lowed him to turn the ta­bles on Fer­rari.

Seiz­ing the op­por­tu­nity pre­sented by Se­bas­tian Vet­tel’s des­per­a­tion to get ahead of Kimi Raikko­nen, Hamil­ton en­sured he got a good run out of the first chi­cane. With Vet­tel look­ing for a way past on the in­side of Raikko­nen, Hamil­ton took the or­tho­dox line on the ap­proach to the sec­ond chi­cane and went around the out­side. Vet­tel, onto the move too late, tried to de­fend but ended up clip­ping Hamil­ton and spin­ning to the back.

With one Fer­rari out of the way, it be­came a race of pa­tience.

When Raikko­nen, cov­er­ing the un­der­cut, pit­ted on lap 20, Hamil­ton was fast enough to re­main a threat as he ex­tended his first stint, forc­ing Raikko­nen to push on. And while it wasn’t enough for Hamil­ton to over­cut Raikko­nen, the Fer­rari driver was strug­gling with rear blis­ters.

Then it was just a mat­ter of time, and Hamil­ton took the lead – and a bril­liant vic­tory – by pass­ing Raikko­nen eight laps from home.

GORIA/SUT­TON

Hamil­ton bossed both Fer­raris on team’s home turf

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