Rosberg beats Hamilton to Monza victory

By on Sunday, September 4, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg capitalised on a disastrous start for team-mate Lewis Hamilton to take a comfortable win at the Italian Grand Prix and slash his team-mate's championship lead to just two points.

Rosberg charged into the lead as Hamilton suffered a poor getaway and fell to sixth, and he ultimately went unchallenged en route to a second consecutive victory.

Hamilton was able to dispatch Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas to climb into fourth place, and Mercedes' one-stop strategy allowed him to take second.

The Briton looked capable of ruffling his team-mate's feathers midway through the race, but an untimely mistake into Turn 1 extinquished his already minor victory hopes.

Sebastian Vettel ensured there was a Ferrari driver on the famous Monza podium, executing a two-stop strategy to end his five-race drought, while Kimi Raikkonen was forced to settle for fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo snatched fifth place from Valtteri Bottas with a superb late move after a race-long battle as he dived down the inside of the Williams driver into the first chicane, but the Grove outfit did manage to retake fourth place from Force India in the constructors' standings.

Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Max Verstappen passed Sergio Perez in the closing stages to take seventh, while Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg completed the points places.

Romain Grosjean held off a charging Jenson Button for P11, with Esteban Gutierrez 13th and Fernando Alonso 14th after pitting in the dying stages.

There were no points for Toro Rosso on home soil as Carlos Sainz finished 15th, ahead of Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Ocon.

Daniil Kvyat's miserable run continued as he was forced to retire amid rumours that he will be replaced by Pierre Gasly for the Singapore Grand Prix, joining Pascal Wehrlein, who was forced to pull over midway through the race, Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr, who collided in the early stages, on the sidelines.

The F1 circus now heads to Marina Bay for the Singapore Grand Prix in a fortnight's time.

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