Hamilton wins, Alonso extends F1 lead

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 08, 2012

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes faces questions from the media in the paddock during winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 2, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, and Formula One leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third to extend his overall lead. Hamilton put speculation about his future and a possible switch to Mercedes behind him to claim his first victory at Monza and the 20th of his career. It's unlikely to have much impact on the championship after an impressive race from Alonso, much to the delight of the fans at Ferrari's home track. Alonso had started from 10th on the grid after technical difficulties during qualifying. Sergio Perez was second, 4.3 seconds behind Hamilton after starting 12th. It was a miserable day for defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel, had to retire with a mechanical problem.
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