Nico Rosberg has won the 2016 Italian Grand Prix for Mercedes by leading into the first corner all the way to the chequered flag.
Rosberg has finally taken his first ever win at Monza after taking the lead into the first corner of the very first lap of the race. Hamilton who set a blistering lap time in qualifying in Saturday to start from pole had a poor start and dropped down all the way down to sixth place into the first corner.
Rosberg was leading the race with Vettel and Raikkonen after Hamilton dropped down behind Bottas and Ricciardo. With 12 laps completed, Hamilton found his way to fourth place. From thereon, Rosberg easily pulled away from the pack leaving the main battle for the final two podium spots between the two Ferraris and Hamilton.
The race came down to the different tyre strategies adopted by the two teams. Ferrari decided on a two stop, while Mercedes banked on just the one. Raikkonen and Vettel pitted on lap 16 and 17 respectively. While Vettel’s stop was slightly slow, he managed to come just ahead of his team-mate. Both cars came out on the super soft tyres.
On lap 25, Rosberg dived into the pits for his sole stop and was onto the medium tyres all the way to the chequered flag. He came out well ahead of the Ferraris, as Hamilton after his stop for the medium tyre was behind them.
Vettel and Raikkonen both stopped around lap 34 and 35 on the yellow marked soft tyres. Both drivers moved up to the order as the Redbull’s stopped with similar strategies. Vettel moved up to third and Raikkonen fourth. While all three drivers – Hamilton, Vettel and Raikkonen tried to push as hard as they could to close the gap to Rosberg,
But it was Rosberg's flawless drive to the flag that gave him the win with a 15-second lead on Hamilton, who was followed by Vettel five seconds further behind. Raikkonen finished fourth with Ricciardo, Bottas, Verstappen, Perez, Massa and Hulkenberg completing the top ten respectively.
2016 F1 Italian GRAND PRIX (4/09/2016)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza – 5793KM, 11 TURNS, 53 LAPS
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||53||+45.295s||10|
|6||Valtteri Bottas||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||53||+51.015s||8|
|7||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||53||+54.236s||6|
|8||Sergio Perez||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||53||+64.954s||4|
|9||Felipe Massa||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||53||+65.617s||2|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||53||+78.656s||1|
|11||Romain Grosjean||HAAS FERRARI||52||+1 lap||0|
|12||Jenson Button||MCLAREN HONDA||52||+1 lap||0|
|13||Esteban Gutierrez||HAAS FERRARI||52||+1 lap||0|
|14||Fernando Alonso||MCLAREN HONDA||52||+1 lap||0|
|15||Carlos Sainz||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||52||+1 lap||0|
|16||Marcus Ericsson||SAUBER FERRARI||52||+1 lap||0|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||RENAULT||52||+1 lap||0|
|18||Esteban Ocon||MRT MERCEDES||51||+2 laps||0|
|NC||Daniil Kvyat||TORO ROSSO FERRARI||36||DNF||0|
|NC||Pascal Wehrlein||MRT MERCEDES||26||DNF||0|
|NC||Felipe Nasr||SAUBER FERRARI||6||DNF||0|