Motor racing: Hamilton wins, Vettel spins at Italian Grand Prix

MONZA, Italy (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling Italian Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday to stretch his championship lead to 30 points over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who fought back to fourth after a first lap spin.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy – September 2, 2018 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crosses the finish line to win the race REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

The Briton and Vettel made contact on the opening lap, with the German spinning down to 18th place.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen took second, after starting on pole position and leading for much of the race in a duel with Hamilton, with fellow-Finn Valtteri Bottas taking third for Mercedes.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin,; Editing by Alison Williams

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