Lewis Hamilton was just in a class of his own at Monza following a dominant drive to win the Italian Grand Prix and seize the championship lead outright for the first time this season.
The Mercedes driver led away from pole and controlled the race from the front, taking the flag by 4.4 seconds ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel third, 36.3 seconds behind the leader.
It was Hamilton’s sixth victory of the season and moves him three points clear of Vettel in the drivers’ standings with Bottas a further 41 adrift.
Hamilton made a good start from pole, moving right across the track to defend from Lance Stroll and leading into Turn 1.
Esteban Ocon, starting third, took advantage of Stroll getting baulked to sweep around the outside and settle into second.
Further back, Bottas banged wheels with Kimi Raikkonen as they came through the first chicane, eventually making a pass stick to take fourth place.
Raikkonen snatched the position back at the second chicane, but Bottas then swept around the outside of Parabolica to reclaim the position.
Bottas then took third on lap three from Stroll before breezing past Ocon the following lap to move into second before setting off in pursuit of Hamilton.
Valtteri closed the gap but couldn’t get within two seconds off Lewis and ultimately finished second to secure Mercedes’s third one-two of the year.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo produced an impressive recovery drive from P16, running a very long stint on the softs to move up the order.
Ricciardo emerged on fresh super-softs after his only stop and put a great move on Raikkonen for fourth, then set about chasing Vettel, taking big amount of time out of the Ferrari driver but ultimately running out of laps.
Earlier in the race Raikkonen, who complained of a problem with the rear end of his car, had pitted early in a bid to leapfrog Ocon and Stroll.
The Iceman partially succeeded, getting ahead of Stroll who was delayed in his stop with a sticky left-rear tyre.
But he had to pass Ocon on track, launching an attack on the approach to the first chicane to take the place and going on to finish fifth, ahead of Ocon.
Stroll challenged Ocon in the closing stages but couldn’t make a move stick, and in the end he held off a spirited attack from Williams team-mate Felipe Massa to take seventh with Sergio Perez failing to take advantage of the squabble to end up ninth.
Massa survived contact with Perez and Max Verstappen early in the race to take eighth.
Verstappen was furious with Massa when they collided at Turn 1, the contact giving the Red Bull a front right puncture and dropping him back to the field.
But he recovered to take tenth but only after brief contact with Kevin Magnussen on the approach to the second chicane after he’d passed the Haas at the start of the lap.
It was a miserable race for McLaren, with Stoffel Vandoorne retiring after reporting “no power” and team-mate Fernando Alonso following suit on the penultimate lap at the request of the team.
Jolyon Palmer was on the fringes of the top ten, but was asked to retire his Renault by the team after it had discovered a problem.
So a perfect Sunday afternoon drive for Lewis Hamilton. No challenge from his rivals and he now becomes the new championship leader. Ferrari had no answer to the sheer speed from the Silver Arrows but the fight for the title is still on. Bring on the next race.
Italian Grand Prix, race results:
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 1h15m32.310s
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 53 4.471s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 53 36.317s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 53 40.335s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 53 1m00.082s
6 Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 53 1m11.528s
7 Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 53 1m14.156s
8 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 53 1m14.834s
9 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 53 1m15.276s
10 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Renault 52 1 Lap
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 52 1 Lap
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 52 1 Lap
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 52 1 Lap
14 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso-Renault 52 1 Lap
15 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 52 1 Lap
16 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber-Ferrari 51 2 Laps
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 50 3 Laps
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 49 4 Laps
– Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 33 Retirement
– Jolyon Palmer Renault 29 Retirement
1 Lewis Hamilton 238
2 Sebastian Vettel 235
3 Valtteri Bottas 197
4 Daniel Ricciardo 144
5 Kimi Raikkonen 138
6 Max Verstappen 68
7 Sergio Perez 58
8 Esteban Ocon 55
9 Carlos Sainz 36
10 Nico Hulkenberg 34
11 Felipe Massa 31
12 Lance Stroll 24
13 Romain Grosjean 24
14 Kevin Magnussen 11
15 Fernando Alonso 10
16 Pascal Wehrlein 5
17 Daniil Kvyat 4
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19 Jolyon Palmer 0
20 Marcus Ericsson 0
21 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
1 Mercedes 435
2 Ferrari 373
3 Red Bull-Renault 212
4 Force India-Mercedes 113
5 Williams-Mercedes 55
6 Toro Rosso-Renault 40
7 Haas-Ferrari 35
8 Renault 34
9 McLaren-Honda 11
10 Sauber-Ferrari 5