Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton has taken his third Formula One Italian Grand Prix with a decisive win yesterday at a packed Autodromo Nazionale Monza race track. The Briton never looked troubled and in the end crossed the line with a 25-second gap between him and runner-up Sebastian Vettel. The Ferrari man moved into second at the start and managed to stay there right to the finish.
There had been some doubt of the results immediately after the race, as there was an investigation into whether Mercedes had breached minimum starting tire pressure regulations. However, the FIA later confirmed that no further action would be taken.
It means Hamilton has now won 40 races out of 160 starts in F1. Sadly for Mercedes’ other man Nico Rosberg, the chances for the title this year look all but finished. A fire forced him to retire while he was running third just two laps from the finish, and the points gap between him and his teammate now stands at 53 points.
Rosberg’s bad luck proved a boon for Williams. Both drivers from the British team capitalized on Rosberg’s car trouble to claim valuable points for the team. Felipe Massa crossed the line third, more than 47 seconds after Hamilton. He was pushed hard in the final laps by teammate Valtteri Bottas, with the gap between them at the end being just 0.3 of a second.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the 2015 Formula One Italian Grand Prix
Ferrari’s other driver Kimi Räikkönen had a difficult getaway from his front row starting position and dropped down to the back, after which he fought his way up the order to fifth place at the flag. Force India driver Sergio Perez had to settle for sixth after he was passed by the Finn in the closing stages. Seventh place went to fellow Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg.
Eighth and ninth positions went to Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, respectively. Red Bull’s other man Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten.
Apart from Rosberg’s car troubles, the only other major spot of drama was a crash going into Turn 1, with both Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado forced to retire. The fourth and final driver to retire was McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, once again due to car trouble. It’s the sixth time in twelve races the Spaniard has suffered such bad luck this season.
Hamilton now leads the 2015 Drivers’ Championship with 252 points. Rosberg is second with 199 and Vettel is third with 178. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes leads with 451 points versus the 270 of Ferrari and 188 of Williams. F1 now leaves Europe and heads to Asia for the Singapore Grand Prix in a fortnight.
Below are the full results for the 2015 Formula One Italian Grand Prix:
1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG
2) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
3) Felipe Massa, Williams
4) Valtteri Bottas, Williams
5) Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari
6) Sergio Perez, Force India
7) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India
8) Daniel Ricciardo, Infiniti Red Bull Racing
9) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber
10) Daniil Kvyat, Infiniti Red Bull Racing
11) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso
12) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso
13) Felipe Nasr, Sauber
14) Jenson Button, McLaren
15) Will Stevens, Marussia
16) Roberto Merhi, Marussia
Ret) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG
Ret) Fernando Alonso, McLaren
Ret) Romain Grosjean, Lotus
Ret) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus