Nico Rosberg cruised to an impressive victory today at the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix in Monza.
The Mercedes ace was in unbeatable form. Starting from second on the grid, he powered to the lead at the lights and never looked back. He completed the race unstressed up front in a total winning time of one hour 17 minutes 28.089 seconds.
Pole-sitter and teammate Lewis Hamilton recovered from a poor start to take second place a distant 15.070 seconds behind Rosberg, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claimed third 20.990s back.
Kimi Raikkonen followed for Ferrari in fourth place, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing was fifth, Vatltteri Bottas was sixth for Williams, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen was seventh and Sergio Perez of Force India rounded out the top eight.
With the result, Rosberg claimed his first-ever win at the historic Italian track and his second in a row to kick start the second half of the season. He enjoyed his seventh triumph this 2016 championship and 21st overall of his Formula 1 career.
Rosberg has also trimmed the championship lead of Hamilton to just two points with the fourth one-two.
Following his victory, Rosberg commented:
"It means so much to me to win here at Monza. This win is incredibly special. 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."
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||45.295|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||54.236|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India||1'04.954|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1'18.656|
|11||Romain Grosjean||Haas||1 Lap|
|12||Jenson Button||McLaren||1 Lap|
|13||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas||1 Lap|
|14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren||1 Lap|
|15||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||1 Lap|
|16||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||1 Lap|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Renault||1 Lap|
|18||Esteban Ocon||Manor||2 Laps|
|-||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso|
The Italian Grand Prix concludes the European stretch of the season. The world championship now heads to the home stretch of seven remaining races.