Lewis Hamilton has described winning the Italian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas is ‘something quite special’.
The Mercedes dominated proceedings around the Monza circuit, with Hamilton taking a comfortable victory ahead of Bottas, with Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari a distant third.
Hamilton says he is proud to have secured a one-two victory for Mercedes at a venue so closely connected to the team’s closest rivals.
“It’s been fantastic,” says Hamilton. “It was really something quite special, driving around after the chequered flag with Valtteri alongside me.”
“To be on Ferrari’s turf and to have got the one-two and then drive around together really showed solidarity which I’m really proud of.”
The win moves Hamilton to the top of the drivers’ championship standings for the first time in 2017. Hamilton says that despite taking their first back-to-back win in 2017, Mercedes have not made many major developments to the W08 in recent rounds.
“We just obviously had these two strong races and we’ve not done a massive amount of development to the car,” explains Hamilton. “We’ve definitely understood and been able to extract from the overall package that we had.
“We’ve got a lot of races still that are going to be massively challenging and we are continuing to push. All the bosses were here today, the team and the chairmen – they want it just as much as everyone in the team.”