Nico Rosberg wins the Italian Grand Prix
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg managed to secure a win today at Monza, which was helped by a particularly poor start by teammate Lewis Hamilton, who still managed to finish 2nd.
Following Hamilton’s poor start, Rosberg was untouchable, securing a clean, solid win for the team, and bringing his title deficit to just two points.
Behind the Mercedes’, the two Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen came in 3rd and 4th, consoling the tifosi at the Scuderia’s home race.
“It’s awesome, it’s very very special to win here, at this track, it’s legendary you know,” a very happy Rosberg spoke.
“I feel very close to the Italian culture in many ways and then to stand up today there with all the tifosi going crazy out there, phenomenal.”
Rosberg, who began 2nd on the grid, was in control from the moment that Hamilton had a poor start, slipping down the pack, and was down to 5th.
The Palmer v.s Nasr incident
Generally, the race was uneventful, however on the second lap, Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr collided, with Nasr forcing Palmer to the edge of the track. This ultimately led to Nasr gaining a 10-second penalty, not that it mattered, since both cars retired.
Yet more retirements…
It wasn’t just Palmer and Nasr who didn’t finish the race. Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein joined the two in race retirement after he was instructed to stop ‘as soon as possible’, when told to switch off his power unit. There was visibly smoke coming out of the car, and the radio messages from the pit wall sounded urgent, and rightly so, since they had noticed a sudden drop in oil pressure, an oil leak.
Daniil Kvyat also retired, pulling into the pits after 36 laps. It is unknown what was wrong with his car at this stage.
Tyre strategies – what worked and what didn’t
Mercedes undoubtedly had the best strategy that paid well, after starting the race on soft tyres, whilst those close behind started on supersofts, meaning they had to pit sooner. When the two Silver Arrows did perform their one and only pitstop, they changed onto mediums- guaranteed to last them to the end of the race, managing to keep themselves in front of the competition.
However, the Ferrari’s went for a two-stop strategy, starting on supersofts, then changing to supersofts again, then onto softs, and despite Vettel catching bit by bit as the race drew to a close, he was never going to be able to catch Hamilton.
The battle for 5th place between Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was won by the Australian partially due to a better strategy, leading him to overtake the Finn 6 laps from the end.
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