Hamilton closes gap with Italian GP triumph

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Lewis Hamilton was relieved he was able to keep his cool on a day when he watched Nico Rosberg hand him a lifeline in this year’s Formula One world title fight.

A fortnight after his collision with Hamilton in Belgium, incurring the wrath and a fine from Mercedes, Rosberg blundered midway through the Italian Grand Prix when leading at Monza.

Hamilton needed no second invitation to take full advantage, bringing his car home ahead of Rosberg by three seconds to close the gap to 22 points in the drivers’ standings with six races remaining.

Hamilton said: “I came here with a positive attitude, just hoping for no issues.

“I guess the cool thing is I had another serious one and I managed to pull through it.

“I’m quite grateful I didn’t lose it, I didn’t end up crashing in the first corner, touching anyone, locking up or anything like that.

“I managed to keep my composure, not lose too many places and recover from that.

“I’m really pleased with the win, it feels like I have some momentum back as we go into the final races.”