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F1: Italy – Hamilton blows start, Rosberg wins

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the pole, his seventh of the season, outrunning teammate Nico Rosberg by roughly 0.5 sec. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen made held down Row 2 for Ferrari.

Rosberg took the lead at the start, followed by Vettel and Raikkonen. Hamilton fell to sixth. Raikkonen pitted during Lap 16 (of 53), Vettel following one lap later. Hamilton led Vettel by 18.7 sec when he took his first stop to start Lap 26. Rosberg remained in the lead following his first pit stop, ahead of Vettel, Raikkonen, and Hamilton.

Vettel made his second pit stop at Lap 34, again followed by Raikkonen. Rosberg and Hamilton stayed on track, using a one-stop strategy, and ran 1-2 for the rest of the race, Rosberg holding a 15.070-sec lead at the end. Rosberg’s win, his first at Monza, cut Hamilton’s lead in the championship down to 2 points. Vettel finished third. Williams took sixth (Valtteri Bottas) and ninth (Felipe Massa) to move ahead of Force India into fourth in the constructor standings.

 

  Driver standings (Top 10)

Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain), Mercedes – 250

Nico Rosberg (Germany), Mercedes – 248

Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – 161

Sebastian Vettel (Germany), Ferrari – 143

Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari –136

Max Verstappen (Netherlands), Red Bull – 121

Valtteri Bottas (Finland), Williams-Mercedes – 70

Sergio Perez (Mexico), Force India-Mercedes – 62

Nico Hulkenberg (Germany), Force India-Mercedes – 46

Felipe Massa (Brazil), Williams-Mercedes – 41

 

Constructor standings

Mercedes (Rosberg, Hamilton) – 498

Red Bull Racing (Ricciardo, Verstappen) – 290

Ferrari (Vettel, Raikkonen) – 279

Williams-Mercedes (Massa, Bottas) – 111

Force India-Mercedes (Hulkenberg, Perez) – 108

McLaren-Honda (Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button) – 48

Toro Rosso-Ferrari (Carlos Sainz Jr., Daniil Kvyat) – 45

Haas-Ferrari (Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez) – 28

Renault (Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer) – 6

MRT-Mercedes (Pascal Wehrlein, Rio Haryanto) – 1

 

 Next event: Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay, Sept. 16-18, 2016

 

 

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