Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were overwhelming favorites to win the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. Raikkonen and Vettel were placed number one and two on the grid before lights out.
Hamilton took advantage of a spin from Vettel to move into second place.
Raikkonen pitted first, with Hamilton going eight laps longer. With fresher tyres, and the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, who had yet to stop, backing Raikkonen up at the front, Hamilton closed onto the Ferrari’s gearbox. Bottas then pitted, giving Raikkonen clear air, but his tyres were in trouble.
Hamilton was patient enough to buy time with 8 laps to go before he made his move and overtook Raikkonen whose rear tyres were damaged. Lewis Hamilton now has extended the championship lead to 30 points.
Singapore ??- 16/9
Russia ?? – 30/9
Japan ??- 7/10
USA ??- 21/10
Mexico ??- 28/10
Brazil ??- 11/11
Abu Dhabi – 25/11