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Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Fastest Lap Video
Lewis Hamilton clocks DHL Fastest Lap in Italy
Lewis Hamilton secured the DHL Fastest Lap for the third time this season in Monza. The Mercedes driver posted a 1:21.779 and was over a second faster than the next fastest, Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton had started the Italian GP from P2 on the grid and fought a hard battle for victory with Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc for most of the race. An early stop to change to mediums and the long chase meant, however, that Hamilton’s tires were shot just before the finish.
Mercedes decided to bring Hamilton back into the pits for a second stop since he had dropped back down into third place over the final laps and had little chance of victory. Hamilton bolted on soft tires and was thus able to go for the fastest lap and the bonus point attached to it.
Hamilton did the job in style on Lap 51 with two laps to go. As a result, he secured his third DHL Fastest Lap of the season and the bonus point in the race at Monza as well as third place on the podium.
He has now drawn level with Max Verstappen in the fight for the DHL Fastest Lap Award, as they have both achieved three DHL Fastest Laps so far this season.
|Season||Driver||Team||DHL Fastest Laps|
|2013||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||7|
|2012||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||6|
|2011||Mark Webber||Red Bull||7|
|2009||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||3|