Lewis Hamilton embraces ‘villain’ tag after taking lead in F1 title race

• Briton overtakes Sebastian Vettel after winning Italian Grand Prix
• Ferrari driver third at Monza as Bottas completes Mercedes one-two

Lewis Hamilton said he had enjoyed playing the villain at the Italian Grand Prix after he took the lead of the Formula One world championship for the first time this season. The Mercedes driver was booed by a fiercely partisan crowd, desperate to see a Ferrari win at the Scuderia’s 70th anniversary race, as he revelled in a dominant victory.

Hamilton’s evident pleasure was understandable. His win, a run from pole to flag during which he barely put a wheel out of place, leaves him in front of his title rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with seven races remaining. Vettel finished third, behind Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

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Source: Formula 1

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