Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix for Mercedes, after a dramatic clash with his title rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
The pair touched on the opening lap and Vettel went off. He came back but could manage only fourth place.
The result left a deflated crowd at Ferrari’s home grand prix but was a huge result for Hamilton against the odds that enabled him to extend his lead in the championship to 30 points.
KimiRäikkönen was in second with ValtteriBottas in third and Max Verstappen in fifth.
Hamilton ultimately won through several decisive overtaking manoeuvres on a circuit where Ferrari had held the advantage all weekend.
Equally, Mercedes managed their strategy to perfection, calling their stops well to ensure Hamilton was in a position to take the lead from Raikkonen in the final third after an error by Vettel, once again, proved to be a blow to his title hopes.
It is Hamilton’s fifth win at the Italian Grand Prix, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record. His sixth win of the season, one more than Vettel, continues his remarkable recent run at Monza.
He has won four of the five races held here since the turbo-hybrid era began, a period in which Mercedes remain unbeaten.
On the previous three occasions Hamilton has won in Italy he has gone on to take the championship.