Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg at the 2016 Formula One Italian Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
In what turned out to be a relatively clean race, Nico Rosberg crossed the line first to take home his 21st career win and first at Monza. His teammate Lewis Hamilton would cross the line a little over 15.0 seconds back.
Ferrari [NYSE:RACE] driver Sebastian Vettel pleased the locals by finishing third, close to 21.0 seconds behind the leader.
Both Mercedes men started on the front row with Hamilton on pole. Hamilton, though, suffered from a very poor start that saw him drop to sixth by the first turn. Vettel and his teammate Kimi Räikkönen took advantage but couldn’t hold Hamilton back. Raikkonen in the end had to settle for fourth.
Further down, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth after a good battle with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas who finished sixth. Seventh place went to Red Bull’s other driver Max Verstappen. Like Hamilton, the Dutch youngster suffered a poor start though fortunately he was also able to recover a few spots.
2016 Formula One Italian Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
Eighth and ninth places went to Force India’s Sergio Perez and Williams’ Felipe Massa, respectively. Rounding out the top ten was Force India’s other driver Nico Hulkenberg.
Hamilton holds on to his lead in the 2016 Drivers’ Championship but by a very small gap now. He has 250 points versus Rosberg’s 248. Ricciardo is third with 161 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes enjoys 498 points versus the 290 of Red Bull and 279 of Ferrari.
In other news out of the Italian Grand Prix, McLaren confirmed that reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne will take over from Jenson Button. Button, 36, isn’t retiring just yet. He will stay on as a development driver. He is contracted with the team through the 2018 season. McLaren made the announcement after Saturday’s qualifying session. It came just two days after Massa announced he will retire from F1 at the end of the current season. His replacement is yet to be confirmed.
F1 now leaves Europe for the year. The next race on the calendar is the Singapore Grand Prix running in mid-September.
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