By Lara Seychell
- Nico Rosberg wins the Italian Grand Prix, beating team-mate Lewis Hamilton into second place
- Just two points separate the pair in the Drivers’ Championship
MONZA, ITALY – The Italian Grand Prix was supposed to show the comeback of Lewis Hamilton following his penalty in Belgium. However, this wasn’t exactly the case.
So what were the most important moves in this GP?
How did Nico Rosberg win?
Rosberg started from second place on the grid to pass Hamilton, who started from pole, to win in Monza. On the contrary, Hamilton started on pole but had a disastrous start and was sixth by the first corner. As he took the lead, Rosberg continued ahead of the pack to a smooth drive, where he was hardly ever challenged for the win. He crossed the finish line 15 seconds ahead of Hamilton in second.
How did Hamilton throw it away?
Hamilton said he had loads of wheel spin as the red lights went off at the start of the GP. This meant that his race was that of a recovery, where he had to overtake a number of drivers to climb back to second position and overtake the Ferraris, who were supported by the home crowd. The Brit didn’t look very comfortable in the car and even on the podium, and his disappointment was very visible.
Ferrari shone at home
Ferrari had a superb race and did all that they could to finish in third position with Sebastian Vettel. The fans couldn’t control their enthusiasm as they rushed under the podium to support their driver and team.
How is the Drivers’ Championship looking after the Italian GP?
Rosberg’s win also means that now he is only 2 points away from Hamilton’s lead in the championship. The German has won seven races so far this season, compared to Lewis’ six, and the last two races have been fundamental to see him close in on his teammate.
When is the next race?
This means that the next race in Singapore could possibly see Rosberg overtake Hamilton in the championship, if the Brit doesn’t gain some momentum and win his third race in the Singapore Grand Prix. The race will be on September 18th at 1pm UK time, with the show happening under floodlights at night in Singapore.