Lewis Hamilton won his fifth race of the calendar with a pole to flag victory ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel and Williams’ Felipe Massa in the Italian Grand Prix in Monza on Sunday. The race began with some trouble for Kimi Raikkonen who experienced problems with his car and did not take off dropping to the back of the pack. The two Lotus drivers were forced to retire early on as well as both cars showed signs of contact damage.
Hamilton maintained a healthy lead at the front of the pack of 2.7 seconds. Raikkonen did get his race underway and managed to pass Carlos Sainz at the first chicane to jump into tenth position. Jenson Button on the other hand was having a rough time of it out on the course as he was passed at every opportunity by the Red Bulls and Sainz dropping to below 13th in the opening 20 laps.
Sainz received a five second penalty after he left the track and gained an advantage. The Torro Rosso driver chose to serve the penalty during the race and pitted before returning in 18th place. His Torro Rosso partner Max Versteppen served his drive through penalty and resumed his race in 13th position.
The battle for fourth between Valteri Bottas and Nico Rosberg was heating up as one tried to get one over the other. In the end the Mercedes man undercut both Williams to move to third. With a Merc one-two on the cards things took a turn for the worst when the yellow flag came out when Rosberg’s car came to a stop and was omitting smoke forcing him to retire.
Despite all the drama around him the championship leader held on to his lead to cross the line in first place. The Brit moves to 252 points, 53 points ahead of team mate Rosberg, 74 ahead of Vettel and 155 of Massa as he looks to land a second title in a row, and third overall after claiming his first drivers’ championship crown in 2008.