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.

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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."

Full Results

1Nico RosbergMercedes1:17'28.089
2 Lewis HamiltonMercedes15.07
3 Sebastian VettelFerrari20.99
4 Kimi RaikkonenFerrari27.561
5 Daniel RicciardoRed Bull45.295
6 Valtteri BottasWilliams51.015
7 Max VerstappenRed Bull54.236
8 Sergio PerezForce India1'04.954
9 Felipe MassaWilliams1'05.617
10 Nico HulkenbergForce India1'18.656
11 Romain GrosjeanHaas1 Lap
12 Jenson ButtonMcLaren1 Lap
13 Esteban GutierrezHaas1 Lap
14 Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1 Lap
15 Carlos Sainz Jr.Toro Rosso1 Lap
16 Marcus EricssonSauber1 Lap
17 Kevin MagnussenRenault1 Lap
18 Esteban OconManor2 Laps
- Daniil KvyatToro Rosso
- Pascal WehrleinManor
- Jolyon PalmerRenault
- Felipe NasrSauber

The Italian Grand Prix concludes the European stretch of the season. The world championship now heads to the home stretch of seven remaining races.

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