The Italian Grand Prix wasn’t the most entertaining race we’ve had in 2016, although the temple of speed did highlight how advanced the Mercedes power unit is compared to the rest of the field. Chandni Patel rates the field in her winners and losers article.
Nico Rosberg won his first ever Italian Grand Prix with style 15 seconds ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who went down to sixth place on the first lap. The must-win for Rosberg means that the championship gap is down to just two points as the whole paddock heads to Singapore.
Sebastian Vettel managed to grab a podium in front of the home crowd in Italy and a great result for Ferrari after fighting in the last few races with Red Bull. It was a strong race for both him and Kimi and a good haul of points at their home race.
Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth, which was their target and finished behind both Ferraris but managed to get the most out of his package to drive yet another clean and solid race. He also pulled the overtake of the day on Valtteri Bottas after overtaking him from a long way back.
Valtteri Bottas also had a very strong race to come back with points, especially for their fight with Force India in the constructor’s championship. Williams have struggled in recent races and were able to come away with strong points.
Felipe Nasr crashed with Jolyon Palmer leaving a substantial amount of damage to both cars. He did however, come back in and then go back into the race but was 10 laps down to his competitors. He then came back in to serve a 10 place grid penalty to later retire.
That being said Palmer certainly didn’t have a great race as Nar turned into him, leaving him hopeless and out of the race.
Pascal Wehrlein had a fantastic qualifying but in the race he retired due to an oil leak problem in which the team told him to stop and switch off the car with urgency to save the engine. It’s a shame because it could have been a good race for them to continue battling with the Saubers’.
Daniil Kvyat had a complete Toro Rosso home race to forget after there was a loss of downforce and a battery overheating issue. He also suffered from damage in turn 1 in a car sandwich.
He was then given a five-second time penalty after speeding in the pit lane but retired.
Esteban Gutierrez put in a solid performance in qualifying but he lost it all at the start after a bad star. He was bumped from P10 to P20 and failed to score any points finishing 13th. His teammate Grosjean also missed out on P11 by 12 seconds.
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