Hamilton goes wire-to-wire for third Italian Grand Prix victory

76Lewis Hamilton eased to victory in Sunday’s Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia 2015, beating Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with Felipe Massa finishing third for Williams. Hamilton also extended his championship lead over Nico Rosberg to 53 points, after his team mate was forced to retire whilst running third just two laps from home, the rear of his car on fire.

Ferrari’s hopes of defeating Mercedes took a serious blow as soon as the start lights went out, as Kimi Raikkonen – alongside Hamilton on the front row of the grid – failed to get away cleanly and dropped to the back of the pack.

It was thus left to Vettel to give chase, but the German had no answer to Hamilton’s pace and the world champion went unchallenged throughout the 53 laps as he brought his Silver Arrow home 25 seconds clear.

Valtteri Bottas completed a strong race for Williams, narrowly losing out to team mate Massa to take fourth. Raikkonen was a distant fifth after fighting his way back through the pack. Force India were sixth and seventh, courtesy of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg. The Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, split by the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, completed the top ten.

After their podium return last time out in Belgium, it was a disastrous afternoon for Lotus, with both cars going out on lap one after drama at the opening turn. Romain Grosjean looked to make contact with Hulkenberg, causing rear suspension damage, while Pastor Maldonado ran heavily over the kerbs and was forced to immediately pit to retire.

The only other DNF was Fernando Alonso, who pulled his McLaren into the pits with technical issues on lap 50.

Italian Grand Prix Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Behind Status Points
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 53 Leader Running 25
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 53 -25.042 Running 18
3 19 Felipe Massa 53 -47.635 Running 15
4 77 Valtteri Bottas 53 -47.996 Running 12
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen 53 -1:08.860 Running 10
6 11 Sergio Perez 53 -1:12.783 Running 8
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg 52 -1 Lap Running 6
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo 52 -1 Lap Running 4
9 9 Marcus Ericsson 52 -1 Lap Running 2
10 26 Daniil Kvyat 52 -1 Lap Running 1
13 12 Felipe Nasr 52 -1 Lap Running 0
11 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 52 -1 Lap Running 0
12 33 Max Verstappen 52 -1 Lap Running 0
14 22 Jenson Button 52 -1 Lap Running 0
15 28 Will Stevens 51 -2 Laps Running 0
16 98 Roberto Merhi 51 -2 Laps Running 0
17 6 Nico Roseberg 50 -3 Laps Retired 0
18 14 Fernando Alonso 47 -6 Laps Retired 0
19 8 Romain Grojean 2 -51 Laps Retired 0
20 13 Pastor Maldonado 2 -51 Laps Retired 0
Drivers Championship
After Race 12 of the 2015 season at Italian Grand Prix
Pos. Car # Driver Team Wins Points Behind
1 44 L. Hamiton Mercedes 7 252 Leader
2 6 N. Roseberg Mercedes 3 199 -53
3 5 S. Vettel Ferrari 2 178 -74
4 19 F. Massa William-Mercedes 0 97 -155
5 7 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 0 92 -160
6 77 V. Bottas William-Mercedes 0 91 -161
7 26 D. Kvyat Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 58 -194
8 3 D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 55 -197
9 8 R. Grojean Lotus-Mercedes 0 38 -214
10 11 S. Perez Force india-Mercedes 0 33 -219
11 27 N. Hulkenberg Force india-Mercedes 0 30 -222
12 33 M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 0 26 -226
13 12 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 0 16 -236
14 13 P. Maldonado Lotus-Mercedes 0 12 -240
15 14 F. Alonso McLaren-Honda 0 11 -241
16 55 C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 0 9 -243
17 9 M. Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 0 9 -243
18 22 J. Button McLaren-Honda 0 6 -246
19 98 R. Merhi Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -252
20 28 W. Stevens Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -252
21 20 K. Magnussen McLaren-Honda 0 0 -252
Constructors Championship
After Race 12 of the 2015 season at Italian Grand Prix
Pos. Team Wins Points Behind
1 Mercedes 10 451 Leader
2 Ferrari 2 270 -181
3 Williams-Mercedes 0 188 -263
4 Red Bull Racing-Renault 0 113 -338
5 Force India-Mercedes 0 63 -388
6 Lotus-Renault 0 50 -401
7 Toro Rosso-Renault 0 35 -416
8 Sauber-Ferrari 0 25 -426
9 McLaren-Honda 0 17 -434
10 Marussia-Ferrari 0 0 -451

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