No pressure for Hamilton in dominant Monza win

Sun Sep 6, 2015 1:30pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix to take a 53-point lead in the Formula One championship on Sunday after Mercedes team mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg retired with his car in flames.

The Briton had to wait several more hours, however, for the result to be confirmed after a stewards' enquiry into low tyre pressures on his car.

With some rivals calling for the reigning champion to be disqualified, the stewards ruled Mercedes had followed the specified procedures and decided to take no further action.

Apart from that scare, Hamilton's was an afternoon remarkably free of pressure in all other aspects.

He enjoyed a commanding cruise to the top step of a podium, standing high above a throng of Ferrari fans who had hoped to acclaim one of their own as winner but had to make do with Sebastian Vettel finishing runner-up.

It was Hamilton's 40th career victory, one less than his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna, and seventh of the season.

"This weekend's been just fantastic, a perfect weekend for me," said the Briton, who dominated practice, started from pole position, led from the first corner and set the fastest lap.

"I don't know if I have ever had a weekend like this. This circuit is such a special one for me...when you stand on top of that podium you feel an incredible pride, incredibly proud to be amongst the greats who have stood there.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates his victory in the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza, northern Italy September 6, 2015. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito