The move that won Hamilton the Italian GP

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But Bottas sacrificed himself for the good of the team again on Sunday to help Hamilton win the Italian Grand Prix and extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel.

The collision resulted in Vettel spinning his Ferrari and damaging the front wing while Hamilton's auto survived undamaged and he went on to win the race and increase his championship lead to 30 points.

Then Hamilton hunted down Kimi Raikkonen, biding his time and he took the lead with eight laps to go.

The win meant Hamilton extended his lead over Vettel in the driver standings to 30 points with seven races remaining. "Then I was the one who spun around, which was ironic".

"At the beginning I tried to overtake Kimi in Turn 1 and 4, but I couldn't".

The Italian media and others surmised, however, that Raikkonen's uncompromising start may have had something to do with other matters off the track that left him in no mood to make life easy.

"It wasn't as if I was really sacrificing my race as long as I was keeping Kimi behind", Bottas said. "It is unavoidable for me and him", he said.

Vettel had to pit for a new front wing and then fought through to fifth on the road, before gaining another place via a penalty for Max Verstappen.

"It was a losing battle since that point, but I tried, it was impossible in the end, unfortunately".

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"I think it was 100 per cent Sebastian's fault", Rosberg told Sky F1.

The victor was also helped considerably by team mate Valtteri Bottas who led after Hamilton pitted and managed to hold up Raikkonen long enough for the other Mercedes to close the gap.

"[It] didn't help to be behind the other cars for some laps, and it wasn't really like you can save an bad lot of tyres, you are not in a position to start saving and taking it easy - well you can, but you let him [Hamilton] past", he said.

"I thought it should be just the nose, I didn't see all the bits on the side, but when I got going again it was quite disgusting to drive".

In more orchestrated circumstances, Ferrari would have done everything to ensure Vettel started on pole with Raikkonen riding shotgun behind.

Vettel said the clash was a result of a sequence of events starting with the first corner and implied that his spin was partly caused by the fact he had Raikkonen in front of him, which would cost him some grip. However, he said that he's "not too worried" about the championship situation.

He added: "I think it was a racing move".

"It is very, very easy to allow it to get to you, to allow it to have an impact on your life and have you think about it, all these different things. They gave us a lot of support and we didn't delver for whatever reason".

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