Lewis Hamilton has overcome a fortnight of hyperbole and poor start from pole position to win the Italain Grand Prix. He’s now within striking distance of the world championship lead, 22 points behind Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes AMG also enjoyed maximum points with Rosberg coming home in a comfortable second place. The German made an excellent start from P2 leaving Hamilton in his wake. However, an error going into the first chicane after the start-finish line allowed Hamilton to take the lead.
Lewis dropped down to P4 on the opening lap but fought back to increase pressure on Rosberg. When Rosberg went straight on at the chicane Hamilton took control of the race, built a steady margin and was never troubled.
As expected the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were the next best, filling places P3 and P4. Massa’s podium is his first for Williams and his first taste of champagne since last year’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo’s race started badly, too. Starting from P9 he was soon out of the points in the early stages after he was forced off track through the first corner. Although, his day was salvaged thanks to his ability to run a long first stint in a one-stop race. With fresher tyres as the race drew to a close Daniel was carving through the field. His move to claim P5 from teammate Sebastian Vettel combined superb awareness, race craft and even some cheekiness.
Close behind Vettel were Sergio Perez and Jenson Button, who had a great scrap late in the race swapping positions a few times. Rounding out the top 10 in an otherwise drama free grand prix were Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen. The latter copping a five second penalty for forcing Bottas off track.
The visit to Monza represents Formula 1’s final European race for the year as the teams head to Singapore for the next grand prix. While we may not like it the season is sure to stay alive until the final race in Abu Dhabi which will have that controversial double points policy in place.
2014 Italian Grand Prix final placings
- Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG – 53 Laps (25 pts)
- Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG – +3.1 secs (18 pts)
- Felipe Massa Williams – +25.0 secs (15 pts)
- Valtteri Bottas Williams – +40.7 secs (12 pts)
- Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing – +50.3 secs (10 pts)
- Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing – +59.9 secs (8 pts)
- Sergio Perez Force India- – +62.5 secs (6 pts)
- Jenson Button McLaren- – +63.0 secs (4 pts)
- Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari – +63.5 secs (2 pts)
- Kevin Magnussen McLaren – +66.1 secs (1 pt)
- Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso – +71.1 secs
- Nico Hulkenberg Force India – +72.6 secs
- Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso – +73.0 secs
- Pastor Maldonado Lotus – +1 Lap
- Adrian Sutil Sauber – +1 Lap
- Romain Grosjean Lotus – +1 Lap
- Kamui Kobayashi Caterham – +1 Lap
- Jules Bianchi Marussia – +1 Lap
- Marcus Ericsson Caterham – +2 Laps
- Esteban Gutierrez Sauber – +2 Laps
Fernando Alonso Ferrari – +25 Laps (ERS failure)
Max Chilton Marussia- – +48 Laps (Accident)
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG – 1:28.004 (Lap 29)
Notes: Kvyat dropped 10 grid spots for engine change. Ericsson started from pits for yellow flag infringement. Magnussen finished P7; 5s added to race time for forcing driver off track. Gutierrez finished P19; 5s added to race time for causing collision.
2014 F1 world championship – Drivers (Top 10)
- Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG – 238
- Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG – 216
- Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull – 166
- Valtteri Bottas Williams – 122
- Fernando Alonso Ferrari – 121
- Sebastian Vettel Red Bull – 106
- Jenson Button McLaren – 72
- Nico Hulkenberg Force India – 70
- Felipe Massa Williams – 55
- Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari – 41
2014 F1 world championship – Constructors
- Mercedes – 454
- Red Bull Racing – 272
- Williams-Mercedes – 177
- Ferrari – 162
- McLaren-Mercedes – 110
- Force India-Mercedes – 109
- STR-Renault – 19
- Lotus-Renault – 8
- Marussia-Ferrari – 2
- Sauber-Ferrari – 0
- Caterham-Renault – 0