Nico Rosberg walks away with Italian Grand Prix Victory
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News September 04, 2016 Updated: 8:15 PM
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg had an easy day at the office as he took his seventh win of the season at Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.
Rosberg got off to a good start with his teammate Lewis Hamilton struggling off the line dropping down to sixth. With a strong recovery drive, Hamilton was able to finish the race in second. Rosberg was able to cut his teammate’s championship lead to just two points.
“The race went perfectly for me and after a good start I was able manage the gap between myself and the car behind. Our car has been amazing this weekend and I extend a massive thank you to the whole team,” said Rosberg.
“It’s tough to take when you lose a race because of such a poor start. From there it was just about managing the tyres during the first stint and I was delighted to get back up to second after the first stop. I kept pushing as hard as I could and came within 15 seconds of Nico when we crossed the line. I’m happy with my performance this weekend but after such an incredible qualifying day yesterday it was disappointing to be unable to capitalise,” said Hamilton.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third to the delight of the Tifosi (Fans), with teammate Kimi Raikkonen finishing fourth. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas in sixth.
“It was a really enjoyable overtake (on Bottas). I have a three hour drive home tonight and didn’t want to spend the whole journey regretting not trying it. He is a fair racer and had seen me in the mirrors so I knew he wouldn’t turn in, so I had a go. It was great fun and felt nice to come from so far back and make it stick,” said Ricciardo.
Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen finished in seventh. Sergio Perez for Force India finished the race in eighth while Williams Felipe Massa finished in ninth and Nico Hulkenberg in tenth.
Romain Grosjean finished in 11th for Haas F1, ahead of Jenson Button in 12th. Grosjean’s teammate Esteban Gutierrez was unable to take advantage of his impressive result in qualifying, starting tenth ending his day in 13th.
“It was a very disappointing start to the race losing a lot of positions. It was very tough to recover, but I did my best. I struggled in the first stint with the overall pace, starting with the scrubbed tires from qualifying and fighting with people which were on new tires,” said Gutierrez.
McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso finished his day in 14th, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz took 15th, with Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson finishing 16th and Kevin Magnussen for Renault in 17th. Manor’s newest edition Esteban Ocon completed his first F1 finishing 18th.
Daniil Kvyat continues to hit hard times as he had to retire along with Pascal Wehrlein who retired eight laps earlier and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr for Sauber finishing out the list of retirements.