Hamilton fights back to claim sensational Italian GP victory

Bw72QwTIQAAIzK6Hamilton put a recent run of bad fortune behind him to qualify on pole by two tenths of a second, but made a poor start and fell to fourth as Sunday’s race got under way on a sunny afternoon at Monza.

This removed any chance of a repeat of the collision between Hamilton and Rosberg that handed Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo victory in the previous race in Belgium.

Rosberg streaked away at the front as Hamilton fell behind the Williams of Felipe Massa and the fast-starting McLaren of Kevin Magnussen, who launched his way up from fifth on the grid to second.

Hamilton struggled initially with his car becoming stuck in ‘RS mode’, but he soon got back to full speed and began to move forward.

Bw7xB8sIcAAo5A4He took advantage of Massa passing Magnussen at the second chicane on lap five to take third on the following run to the first Lesmo, before driving around the outside of Massa at the first chicane on lap 10.

By then Rosberg had already straightlined the first chicane – halving his 3.6-second lead – and Hamilton set about closing down his title rival further.

The Mercedes duo traded fastest laps initially, as Massa tried in vain to go with the leaders, but Hamilton then began to assert his pace advantage over Rosberg as the first half of the race wore on.

He closed to within 1.5s of his Mercedes team-mate but could not leapfrog Rosberg in the pits as the leaders stopped on consecutive laps.

Bw7uk7uIUAAO-pOHamilton was much quicker than Rosberg in the following laps on Pirelli’s harder tyre, and Rosberg gifted victory to his team-mate by locking his brakes and again straightlining the first chicane on lap 29.

From there, Hamilton eased away to record his sixth win of 2014 by just over three seconds.

Massa completed a lonely run to third, thus recording his first podium finish since the 2013 Spanish GP.

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas was the pre-race favourite to take that final podium spot, having qualified third, but a terrible start dropped him outside the top 10 on the opening lap.

Bw7w4UtCQAApWkuThe Finn spent most of the rest of the race slipstreaming his way back through the pack, usually passing rivals before the entry to the first chicane, and eventually made his way back to fourth.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel lost fifth in the closing stages to Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel gambled on making an earlier pitstop than anyone else to gain track position, but could not make his hard tyres last well enough to hang on to the flag.

Ricciardo utilised the alternative strategy – running long in the first stint and stopping late – and made some impressively decisive passing moves as he recovered well from a poor start.

Bw71bSBIMAETUciVettel defended hard into the first chicane with five laps to go, but was passed easily down the inside into the second chicane on tyres eight laps older than Ricciardo’s.

Magnussen finished seventh on the road, but was penalised five seconds for forcing Bottas off the track at the first chicane during the Finn’s earlier slipstreaming charge, dropping McLaren’s rookie Dane to 10th.

Sergio Perez thus inherited seventh for Force India, after a close battle with the second McLaren of Jenson Button, who ran sixth early on but lost track position to Perez at the stops.

The pair ran side-by-side through the Lesmos at one stage, but Button could not force his way decisively back ahead of the Force India.

Kimi Raikkonen finished a close ninth on a disappointing day for Ferrari at the Scuderia’s home race.

Team-mate Fernando Alonso started seventh, but recorded his first mechanical non-finish for five years (and the first of this Ferrari career) after his F14 T suffered an ERS failure.

Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat should have inherited the final point for 10th when Magnussen’s penalty was applied, but the Russian frighteningly straightlined the first chicane at high speed on the penultimate lap and trailed home 11th, complaining of a brake problem.

 Italian Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status Behind Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 53 Running Leader 25
2 6 Nico Roseberg 53 Running -3.1 18
3 19 Felipe Massa 53 Running -25.0 15
4 77 Valtteri Bottas 53 Running -40.7 12
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 53 Running -50.3 10
6 1 Sebastian Vettel 53 Running -59.9 8
7 11 Sergio Perez 53 Running -62.5 6
8 22 Jenson Button 53 Running -63.0 4
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen 53 Running -63.5 2
10 20 Kevin Magnussen 53 Running -66.1 1
11 26 Daniil Kvyat 53 Running -71.1 0
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg 53 Running -72.6 0
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne 53 Running -73.0 0
14 13 Pastor Maldonado 52 Running -1 Lap 0
15 99 Adrian Sutil 52 Running -1 Lap 0
16 8 Romain Grojean 52 Running -1 Lap 0
17 10 K. Kobayashi 52 Running -1 Lap 0
18 17 Jules Bianchi 52 Running -1 Lap 0
19 21 Esteban Gutierrez 51 Running -2 Laps 0
20 9 Marcus Ericsson 51 Running -2 Laps 0
21 14 Fernando Alonso 28 Retired -25 Laps 0
22 4 Max Chilton 5 Accident -48 Laps 0
Note – Kvyat qualified 11th, dropped 10 grid spots for engine change. Ericsson started from pit lane – penalty for failing to slow for yellows in qualifying. Magnussen finished seventh, but had 5s added to race time for forcing a driver off track.

 

Drivers Championship after Italy
Pos. Car # Driver Team Points Behind
1 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 238 Leader
2 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 216 -22
3 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 166 -72
4 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 122 -116
5 14 F. Alonso Ferrari 121 -117
6 1 S. Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 106 -132
7 22 J. Button McLaren-Mercedes 72 -166
8 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 70 -168
9 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 55 -183
10 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 41 -197
12 20 K. Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 39 -199
12 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 38 -200
13 25 J. Vergne STR-Renault 11 -227
14 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Renault 8 -230
15 26 D. Kvyat STR-Renault 8 -230
16 17 J. Bianchi Marussis-Ferrari 2 -236
17 99 A. Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 0 -238
18 9 M. Ericsson Caterham-Renault 0 -238
19 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Renault 0 -238
20 21 E. Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 0 -238
21 4 M. Chilton Marussis-Ferrari 0 -238
22 10 K. Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 0 -238
23 45 A. Lotterer Caterham-Renault 0 -238

 

Constructors Championship after Italy
Pos. Team Points Behind
1 Mercedes 454 Leader
2 Red Bull Racing-Renault 272 -182
4 Ferrari 177 -277
3 Williams-Mercedes 162 -292
5 McLaren-Mercedes 110 -344
6 Force India-Mercedes 109 -345
7 STR-Renault 19 -435
8 Lotus-Renault 8 -446
9 Marussia-Ferrari 2 -452
10 Sauber-Ferrari 0 -454
11 Caterham-Renault 0 -454

 

 

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