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GP Week : Issue 166
Lewis Hamilton put the distractions of a rumoured switch to Mercedes in 2013 behind him to take a convincing victory at the fabled Autodromo Nazionale Monza and put himself right back in title contention. The Briton led from pole and comfortably controlled the race throughout before taking a well-measured 4-second victory from Sauber’s Sergio Perez. Hamilton took advantage of problems in Alonso’s garage on Saturday afternoon to take pole, and had built up enough of a cushion to cruise home in the final stint, especially after team-mate and closest challenger Jenson Button retired with fuel system problems with 20 laps left to run. He was delighted to finally taste victory at Monza, having only finished on the podium once, in his debut year. “W inning at Monza is one of the greatest experiences of my Formula 1 career,” said the 27-year-old. “I absolutely love this place: I’ve been coming to Italy to race since I was 13 years old and I just love the culture, the food and the people. “Our car has been fantastic all weekend, and it was nice to have a relaxed grand prix with no troubles. I was out on my own for most of the race and just tried to manage the gap behind me. I was cruising at the end, but, once I heard that Sergio [Perez] had got past Fernando [Alonso], I had to push a little to keep the cushion over second place.” Victory and the 25 points accompanying it have elevated Hamilton to second in the drivers’ championship, 37 points behind leader Alonso. HAMILTON’S WIN MOVES HIM TO SECOND 27 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MONZA 27 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: