Hamilton: 'One of the greatest experiences'

By on Sunday, September 9, 2012

Italian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton has revealed that winning at the fabled Monza circuit is one of the greatest experiences of his life.

Hamilton claimed his 20th Grand Prix victory of his career to add Monza to the list of circuits where he has won.

"Winning at Monza is one of the greatest experiences of my Formula 1 career. I absolutely love this place: I’ve been coming to Italy to race since I was 13 years old and I just love the culture, the food and the people", he said.

"Since I started in Formula 1, Monza has been one of the races I always wanted to win at – it’s such an incredible, historic circuit and all the great racing drivers have won here. To finally put my name on that list makes me feel extremely proud, but also very humble."

"Our car has been fantastic all weekend, and it was nice to have a relaxed grand prix with no troubles. I was out on my own for most of the race and just tried to manage the gap behind me. I was cruising at the end, but, once I heard that Sergio [Perez] had got past Fernando [Alonso], I had to push a little to keep the cushion over second place."

Hamilton also felt sympathy for team-mate Jenson Button, who retired from a comfortable second place.

"The race was very unfortunate for Jenson – we were running first and second at the time and it would have been great for the team if we could have finished like that."

Button admitted that he was always set for the runner-up position, but was left reeling after losing a certain podium.

"I was never going to challenge him for the win, but it would have been great for the team if we could have finished first and second. But it wasn’t to be", he said.

"I don’t entirely know what caused my car to stop – I’m told it was a fuel system problem that we’re still investigating. The engine cut out and I had to coast to a stop. These things happen."


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