As the arguments around his penalty at Spa continue, Lewis Hamilton will look to respond in the best possible fashion at the Formula One circus heads to Monza this weekend for the final race of the European Grand Prix season.

Hamilton saw his lead in the drivers' standings cut to two points in Belgium after he was given a controversial 25 second penalty for cutting the chicane in the closing stages while battling with Kimi Raikkonen for the race lead.

The penalty saw him drop from first to third in the results and handed victory to closest rival Felipe Massa but Hamilton will arrive in Italy in determined mood as he seeks to go one better than last year, when he took second behind team-mate Fernando Alonso.

With its long straights and a number of high-speed corners, Monza will provide a different challenge to some of the recent events on the calendar, but Hamilton insisted that it wasn't an easy circuit to race on.

"People say Monza is just about power and top speed - but it's also a driver's track, which is why I like it," he said. "It's not as straightforward as it seems because you run with very low downforce, which means you rely heavily on the tyres and the car's mechanical grip - but you're also attacking the kerbs, which requires a softer set-up. You also need plenty of stability under braking and as much grip as possible for the corners. The key is to run the car as low to the track as possible without having it bottom out.

"If you're trying to pass somebody, you have to stay as close as possible through the last corner. If you can get a good tow out of Parabolica, then you can slipstream down the straight and have a look up the inside at Turn One. That's your best chance of making a move on someone.

"You can also try if you get a good exit from the first chicane and have look up the inside into the second chicane - but that's not so easy."


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