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In case you missed it: Lewis Hamilton speaks after Monza win

FOLLOW THE LEADER: Lewis Hamilton celebrates success

ANOTHER HISTORIC weekend for Lewis Hamilton saw the Stevenage-born racer move to the top of the Formula One rankings three points ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who finished third in the race at Monza.

Hamilton, 32, is no stranger to winning in Italy having registered a victory in the Grand Prix for the last three out of four years.

His win last weekend was preceded by his 69th pole-winning qualifying session which saw him surpass the all-time record held by Michael Schumacher.

UNBELIEVABLE

Reflecting on the achievement and talking about the significance of the race win, Hamilton said:

“It’s an unbelievable feeling.

“Having grown-up playing computer games on the same day as the Grand Prix when Michael was racing and going through all the practice sessions on my computer while watching the Grand Prix and playing as Michael, and now I’m ahead in the qualifying standings, which feels crazy.”

FANS

He added:

“To win here in Monza, it is such a historic Grand Prix. There are very, very few, if any like it. The track is so unique in its own way, in this beautiful park, beautiful part of the world and the fans... you could hear the roar. I would love to know how loud they are on the scale. The energy there is incredible.”

Looking ahead to Singapore, Hamilton said he hoped his team could go from strength to strength.

“It’s obviously an incredibly exciting season and the last two races have been incredibly strong for us as a team.

TOGETHER

“We’ve gone from strength to strength and really shown real strength and depth and I think the way we have come together in this second half so far is exceptional.”

He added:

“We have no idea until we get there what the picture’s going to look like but I think we learned a lot from the past but on a hot track, Ferrari are often better in hot places. I think we’ll be able to give them a good race. I think the car is continuing to improve and as I said, our understanding of the car is constantly improving.”

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