Italian GP (1st)
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.
Hamilton bossed both Ferraris on team’s home turf