Lewis Hamilton impresses Max Verstappen with double overtake at Italian GP

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Given all he has achieved in the sport, the 2022 Italian Grand Prix won’t live long in the memory of Lewis Hamilton.

The seven-time world champion had been on the back foot since the start of the weekend after being slapped with a ‘back of the grid’ penalty following an engine change. As a result, he started down in 19th with only Yuki Tsunoda, who also had a penalty, behind him on the grid.

Starting on the medium tyres, Hamilton had a long first stint and gradually picked his way through the field. He stopped beyond half-distance and put on the faster softer rubber, which helped him fly through the order and up to sixth.

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His progress included a sensation double-overtake on Lando Norris on Pierre Gasly. Following a slow pitstop for Norris, the McLaren driver was immediately under pressure as he left the pits, allowing Gasly to get in front, only for Hamilton to blast past both of them coming out of the first chicane.

On commentary, Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle said: “He might be the second oldest driver in the field [beyond Fernando Alonso] but he caught the youngsters sleeping there a little bit.”

The move even impressed his arch-rival from last season, Max Verstappen, who said in the cool-down room after the race: "Wow, double overtake!"

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After the move, Hamilton made up another place when Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was brought in for a second stop. And that was where the Mercedes driver stayed as the race ended in anticlimactic fashion behind the safety after Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren broke down with five laps to go.

The race was won by Verstappen, who took another step towards the title, which he could clinch at the next race in Singapore. Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc was second after his two-stop strategy failed to give him victory at Ferrari’s home race.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, George Russell, who started on the front row, came home an excellent third. Race debutant Nyck de Vries, who replaced the unwell Alex Albon barely 24 hours before, was a superb ninth for Williams and was voted Driver of the Day by fans.


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