Lewis Hamilton may head into this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza leading the championship, but he knows that victory here is massively important for his championship chances
Hamilton’s McLaren, with its aerodynamic efficiency and Mercedes engine, is expected to be the dominant force around the Italian autodrome.
The same cannot be said for the last five circuits that F1 2010 will visit, however, where the Red Bull of his chief rival Mark Webber should be strongest.
Hamilton knows, therefore, that he must capitalise on this chance to take as many points as possible off Webber as he can.
That’s not to say that it is a two-horse race to the 2010 F1 title. Fernando Alonso, in fifth place, is just 41 points behind Hamilton with 25 awarded for a victory.
Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button in their Red Bull and McLaren cars respectively are in third and fourth places and no doubt ruing their collision at the Belgian Grand Prix.