Rosberg wins Italian GP after Hamilton's poor start

by Abel Hampton September 5, 2016, 1:47

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, celebrates after setting the fastest time in the qualifying session for Sunday's Italian Formula One Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 3.

"Obviously the start was the decider of the race, then after that just trying to get back into the points, back into second to try and reduce the loss from the start".

The race order was Rosberg and then Hamilton again when Vettel and Raikkonen made their second stops, with 11 seconds separating the two Silver Arrows and Vettel 17 seconds further back.

Rosberg's countryman Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari will start third, followed by his teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton finished 0.478 ahead of Rosberg.

By starting at the top of the field Sunday, Hamilton equaled the record of Ayrton Senna and Juan Manuel Fangio in claiming a fifth career pole at the legendary Monza track.

It was Rosberg's first Italian win, his seventh of the season and 21st of his career, reviving his championship challenge with seven races remaining. "In the past we were able to be told our clutch temperature and it would be easier to hit a target but now it is a lot less easy to know what your clutch is going to be delivering and what it is not".

On the second lap Hamilton passed Ricciardo with a sleek move at the second chicane, but he struggled to make his way past Bottas.

"I feel that part of me is Italian in a way, because I have a lot of friends here and I grew up with the culture".

Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Williams ahead of Australian Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull teammate, Dutch teenager Max Verstappen.

"That last lap felt incredible", Hamilton said.

Asked where he lacked the time to Hamilton, Rosberg said: "It is pretty much everywhere, a little bit in every corner".

"To be honest, I said that to reassure my engineers who I knew would be feeling nervous", said the triple World Champion.

"Of course, we never stop improving and learning".

"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".

Team Force India secured the eight and 10th spot through drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, respectively.

At the other end of the grid, Britain's Jolyon Palmer criticised Felipe Nasr's driving following their collision early on in the race.

Daniil Kyvat's Toro Rosso and Pascal Wehrlein's Manor also ran into trouble and retired midway through the race. "I could see Nico pulling away and while anything can happen, the chances of the win decreased lap by lap, second by second".

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