Nico Rosberg dominates Italian Grand Prix, closes on Lewis Hamilton

Nico Rosberg took a comfortable Italian Grand Prix victory as Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton recovered from a bad start to finish second at Monza

Nico Rosberg dominates Italian Grand Prix, closes on Lewis Hamilton

Rosberg took the lead when polesitter Hamilton bogged down at the start and remained unthreatened throughout the 53-lap race to cross the line 15 seconds ahead for Mercedes' fourth one-two of the season.

It means Rosberg, who secured his seventh win of the season and 21st of his career, now trails Hamilton by just two points in the drivers' championship with seven races remaining.

Sebastian Vettel gave the Tifosi something to cheer about by finishing third, 20.9s adrift, with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen fourth.

While Hamilton was swallowed up by the pack and dropped to sixth at the start, Rosberg held off a challenge from Vettel to take the lead into Turn 1.

The Mercedes driver set a series of fastest laps to build a gap as Vettel and Raikkonen struggled to keep pace.

Hamilton, meanwhile, passed Daniel Ricciardo through Curve Grande to move into fifth and then got a good run out of Parabolica to slingshot past Valtteri Bottas for fourth.

The reigning world champion inherited second when the Ferraris pitted for fresh sets of super-soft tyres.

Hamilton began closing the gap to Rosberg before both Mercedes pitted for the first and only time, taking the mediums.

He dropped back to fourth but reclaimed second when the Ferraris pitted for the second time.

Though Hamilton pushed to catch his title rival, he locked up at the first chicane, bouncing across the speed bumps in the middle before rejoining.

He was then warned by his team to build a gap to the Ferraris behind and his challenge faded.

Ricciardo, on fresh super-soft tyres, launched an attack from a long way back to pass Bottas into the first chicane to take fifth.

Max Verstappen got a good run through Curva Grande and then passed Sergio Perez into the second chicane for seventh.

Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10.

The result means Williams moves back ahead of Force India into fourth place in the constructors' championship with a three-point lead.

In a race of little incident, Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr collided on lap two with the Sauber driver being handed a 10s penalty by the stewards. Both retired with damage.

RESULTS - 53 LAPS:

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h17m28.089s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 15.070s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 20.990s
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 27.561s
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 45.295s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 51.015s
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 54.236s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m04.954s
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m05.617s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.656s
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
15 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1 Lap
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1 Lap
18 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 2 Laps
- Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari Battery
- Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes Oil pressure
- Jolyon Palmer Renault Collision
- Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari Collision

DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 250
2 Nico Rosberg 248
3 Daniel Ricciardo 161
4 Sebastian Vettel 143
5 Kimi Raikkonen 136
6 Max Verstappen 121
7 Valtteri Bottas 70
8 Sergio Perez 62
9 Nico Hulkenberg 46
10 Felipe Massa 41
11 Fernando Alonso 30
12 Carlos Sainz Jr. 30
13 Romain Grosjean 28
14 Daniil Kvyat 23
15 Jenson Button 17
16 Kevin Magnussen 6
17 Pascal Wehrlein 1
18 Stoffel Vandoorne 1
19 Esteban Gutierrez 0
20 Jolyon Palmer 0
21 Marcus Ericsson 0
22 Felipe Nasr 0
23 Rio Haryanto 0
24 Esteban Ocon 0

CONSTRUCTORS' CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 498
2 Red Bull/Renault 290
3 Ferrari 279
4 Williams/Mercedes 111
5 Force India/Mercedes 108
6 McLaren/Honda 48
7 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 45
8 Haas/Ferrari 28
9 Renault 6
10 Manor/Mercedes 1
11 Sauber/Ferrari 0


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