AUTO RACING • McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday in Monza, and Formula One leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari finished third to extend his overall lead. Hamilton put speculation about his future and a possible switch to Mercedes behind him to claim his first victory at Monza and the 20th of his career.
Hamilton moved past defending champion Sebastian Vettel to take second place in the drivers' standings, 37 points behind Alonso. Vettel had to retire because of a mechanical problem when wisps of white smoke started to emerge from his car with six laps to go. Mexico's Sergio Perez was second on Sunday, 4.3 seconds behind Hamilton after starting 12th.