Lewis Hamilton moved into the lead of the Formula 1 drivers' championship for the first time this season in style with a dominant victory in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, leading Mercedes to a one-two finish.

Hamilton blitzed his way to a fourth win at Monza, losing the lead only momentarily through the pit stops and ultimately finishing four seconds clear of teammate Valtteri Bottas at the front of the pack.

A demolition job from Mercedes on Ferrari home soil saw a crestfallen Sebastian Vettel struggle to keep up with either Hamilton or Bottas, finishing half a minute back in third place for the Scuderia.

Vettel was fortunate to keep P3 after coming under pressure from a charging Daniel Ricciardo late on, whose soft to super-soft strategy saw him gain 12 plans through the race and go on a late pursuit of the final podium position, only to end up fourth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen.

Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll were unable to capture a fairytale result despite their starring roles in qualifying, finishing sixth and seventh respectively. They did, however, enjoy a good battle with Raikkonen until half-distance, as well as scoring some important points for Force India and Williams.

Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez followed their teammates home in P8 and P9, while Max Verstappen took the final point on offer for Red Bull, bouncing back from early damage after a clash with Massa thanks to his two-stop strategy.

Kevin Magnussen narrowly missed out on a point for Haas, slipping behind Verstappen late in the race, but was able to finish ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg. Carlos Sainz Jr. had a quiet race en route to P14, finishing clear of Romain Grosjean and Pascal Wehrlein.

Fernando Alonso had another frustration-filled race, most notable for a clash with Jolyon Palmer that resulted in a penalty for the Renault driver. Both would ultimately retire, with Alonso being given the call to park his car with three laps to go.

In the sister McLaren, Stoffel Vandoorne saw his hopes of points fade with a loss of power after 33 laps, forcing him to retire, with Marcus Ericsson being the fourth retiree for Sauber.

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