Johnny Herbert

Hamilton cruises to Italian Grand Prix win

Recording his seventh victory of the season, Lewis Hamilton dominated the Italian Grand Prix to put himself 53 points ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg in the Drivers’ Championship after the German was forced to pull out on the race due to engine failure with three laps to go.

There was some worry for Mercedes after they were investigated for having tyres below the minimum permitted pressure, but it was eventually ruled that they had followed safe operating procedures.

Hamilton crossed the line 25 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel in second, while Filipe Massa took third. The British driver had earlier sparked outrage prior to the start of the race having kept his cap on during a minute's silence in memory of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. Hamilton later apologised saying that he didn’t realise the minute’s silence was taking place.

Johnny is a former winner of the Italian Grand Prix and recalled:

“I am lucky to have some great memories of Monza, having won an F1 race for the second time here 20 years ago, just weeks after winning my first at Silverstone.

“I’d won at iconic Monza, had the national anthem played in my honour and had all the attention from those fans, with that enormous Ferrari flag that was about the size of a football pitch shimmering in front of me. Happy memories, indeed.”