Lewis Hamilton: “A perfect weekend for me”

Lewis Hamilton left the Autodromo Nazionale Monza with a fifty-three point lead in the Drivers’ Championship after his seventh victory of 2015 and the fortieth of his Formula 1 career on Sunday.

The reigning world champion led from start-to-finish and took advantage of Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg’s retirement to extend his championship advantage, and felt the weekend had been ‘perfect’ for the Briton.

“This weekend has been just fantastic,” insisted Hamilton. “A perfect weekend for me – I can’t remember one like it.

“This race is so special for every driver. When you stand up on that podium it’s so emotional. It’s a really proud moment to be up there in front of that sea of fans and to walk in the footsteps of so many great drivers who have won here.”

Hamilton felt under control throughout the race once he had withstood the first corner pressure from the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, and thanked his team for all the hard work they continue to put in to keep Mercedes at the front of the field.

“The start was pretty close, holding off Sebastian,” revealed Hamilton. “But from there I felt in control. The balance wasn’t perfect for qualifying but it was one of the best I’ve had in the race.

“I can’t thank the team enough for all their hard work. Everyone at Brackley and Brixworth is doing such an incredible job. I’ve never seen anything like it, so thank you everyone.”