In the end Lewis Hamilton made it look easy at Monza, but no grand prix win is as straightforward as it might appear from the outside. Even with the advantage of starting from pole you have to get everything just right, and manage the tyres to perfection over a race distance. And, as we saw last weekend with both his own McLaren team-mate Jenson Button and Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel, F1 cars can still break down.
But at Monza everything worked out just perfectly for Lewis, and the fact that the three innocent victims of the first-corner crash at Spa finished on the podium said a lot about how quickly fortunes can change in this game.
With blue skies on Friday for once, McLaren and its rivals had a proper chance to sort their cars and assess the tyres, a luxury that has been missing at several recent races. And, as ever, a priority at Monza was getting the downforce level just right. In contrast to Spa a week earlier, there was no split between the two drivers.
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