Lewis Hamilton edges closer to Formula 1 title after victory in Italy

Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of a seventh world Formula 1 title after his latest victory in Italy.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the second practice session at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria Source: Associated Press

Mercedes pulled off a one-two finish through Hamilton and Valteri Bottas finishing behind him in second at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The result secures a seventh straight constructors championship for the team.

Hamilton can with the individual title at the next race, provided his teammate Bottas doesn't out-score him by more than seven points.

"It was an exhausting race. The speed we were having to go after a poor start, it is very overwhelming right now," Hamilton said.

"I look at my crew and I know all the men and women here and back in the factory and they are the unsung heroes."

He capped the day off by doing a shoey on the podium with Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who came third.

Bottas' result were also impressive on a day that proved problematic for many drivers.

He struggled with a damaged car after a piece of Ferrari debris was lodged behind the front wheels, costing at least 0.5secs a lap.

Mercedes later returned Ferrari their missing piece of debris with a cheeky dig on social media.