Lewis Hamilton back on track for Formula One title with Monza victory
Lewis Hamilton is back on track for the Formula One title with a victory at Monza. The Briton moved up to second in the Formula One rankings to send a warning to Ferrari’s driver Fernando Alonso.
The McLaren driver made a memorable return to the track at an earlier retirement at the Spa. An accident initiated by Romain Grosjean forced Lewis Hamilton to walk off the track last week. This time round Lewis Hamilton was focused to make up for the lost action.
The 2008 Formula One Champion recorded his third win of the season in Italy to bring his points on the table to 142. Fernando Alonso is still in the lead with a 37-point lead.
Although there are only seven races remaining in the rest of the Formula One season, Lewis Hamilton has chance of doing the impossible.
This was Lewis Hamilton’s first victory at Monza. The Briton told reporters that this victory meant a lot to him.
“It's an incredible experience for me to come to Italy, a place that I love a lot,” Lewis Hamilton said. “I've come here for many, many years, since I was 13, met lots of great people here, really do genuinely love the people here and the culture and the food and the country itself. I put the flag on my helmet just as a sign of respect.
“This is a very historic circuit and when I was driving, I was thinking that all of the greats have won here, so to finally get a win here is just the icing on the cake, and I hope that this is the start of something good in the future, coming here. I've not had the best results in the past, and hopefully in the future we will have a little bit more support here.”
Lewis Hamilton believes he can record more good results. The former Formula One champion said that he could have recorded a better time at Spa. Lewis Hamilton confessed that he only picked up pace when his team informed about the threat of Sergio Perez approaching him.
“The last 20 laps I had a 14-second gap,” Lewis Hamilton said. “At the time, Felipe (Massa) was behind and he, even though I was cruising, he was going slower than me and then I heard that Fernando (Alonso) had overtook, and it was Fernando who began to catch, so then I pulled out a little bit more time and matched his time just to keep it relaxed, and then (Sergio Perez) started catching me at a second a lap.
“So probably the last four laps I started to push a little bit more, just to maintain a little bit more of the gap.”