Hamilton Wins at Monza

The Italian Grand Prix took place at the famous Monza circuit on Sunday which saw the Mercedes team continuing their domination of the season with yet another one-two finish and a win for Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton also closed the gap in the Drivers’ Championship and are now 22 points behind team mate and championship-leader, Nico Rosberg.

Hamilton qualified on pole on Saturday, beating Rosberg by two tenths of a second, but had a bad start which allowed Rosberg to take the lead at the start of the race. The Briton quickly fought his way back into contention from fourth and after the first round of pit-stops he was only 1.8 seconds behind the race leader.

While being under pressure from his team-mate, the German made an error on lap 29 going into the first chicane and Hamilton took the lead which he kept until the end to win his sixth race of the season. This is also the 28th career victory for Hamilton, overtaking compatriot and racing legend, Sir Jackie Stewart’s tally of 27 wins.

Filipe Massa scored his first podium finish for Williams ahead of team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, in fourth. The winner of the previous two races, Daniel Ricciardo, could only manage fifth in his Red Bull, but still out-raced the 2013 champion, Sebastian Vettel, who finished sixth.

Sergio Perez and Jenson Button took the final points-positions ahead of Kimi Raikonnen in the only Ferrari to finish in their home race. Fernando Alonso retired with gearbox-problems on lap 7.

The Italian Grand Prix signalled the end of the European leg of the season and the Formula One-party now moves east to Singapore for an exciting night-race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on the 21st of September. With six races to go and 22 points between Rosberg and Hamilton, it’s all to play for and any mistake could determine the outcome of the championship.

Formula One Drivers’ Champions Standings:

 

Pos

Driver

Nationality

Team

Points

1

Nico Rosberg

German

Mercedes

238

2

Lewis Hamilton

British

Mercedes

216

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Australian

Red Bull Racing-Renault

166

4

Valtteri Bottas

Finnish

Williams-Mercedes

122

5

Fernando Alonso

Spanish

Ferrari

121

6

Sebastian Vettel

German

Red Bull Racing-Renault

106

7

Jenson Button

British

McLaren-Mercedes

72

8

Nico Hulkenberg

German

Force India-Mercedes

70

9

Felipe Massa

Brazilian

Williams-Mercedes

55

10

Kimi Räikkönen

Finnish

Ferrari

41

11

Sergio Perez

Mexican

Force India-Mercedes

39

12

Kevin Magnussen

Danish

McLaren-Mercedes

38

13

Jean-Eric Vergne

French

STR-Renault

11

14

Romain Grosjean

French

Lotus-Renault

8

15

Daniil Kvyat

Russian

STR-Renault

8

16

Jules Bianchi

French

Marussia-Ferrari

2

17

Adrian Sutil

German

Sauber-Ferrari

0

18

Marcus Ericsson

Swedish

Caterham-Renault

0

19

Pastor Maldonado

Venezuelan

Lotus-Renault

0

20

Esteban Gutierrez

Mexican

Sauber-Ferrari

0

21

Max Chilton

British

Marussia-Ferrari

0

22

Kamui Kobayashi

Japanese

Caterham-Renault

0

23

Andre Lotterer

German

Caterham-Renault

0