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Hamilton claims F1 lead following Italian Grand Prix triumph

The Briton put up a dominant showing to win the Italian Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday and claim first position on the Formula One world championship for the first time this season.

By Carlo Chikomba

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed victory at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, with the win sending him on top of the Formula One world championship.

The 2015 champion dethroned Sebastian Vettel for the first time this year, with the Brit now three points ahead of the Ferrari driver who appeared to be the clear crowd favorite.

The triple champion, who started the last race of the European season from a record 69th career pole position, led Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas to a runaway one-two finish at Ferrari’s home track.

“I love it here in Italy and I love the passion of the fans,” Hamilton declared on the podium jutting out over a sea of red-shirted Ferrari fans, with plenty of boos coming his way amid the cheers.

After the match, Vettel admitted that his team was outpaced by the Mercedes duo who put up a strong showing.

“It was a difficult day,” said Vettel. “My race was isolated. We simply didn’t have the pace. For the last 20 laps l was struggling because l went off at Turn One and something broke on the car.”

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