Lewis Hamilton has won the
Italian Grand Prix for Mercedes ahead of Sebastian Vettel who chased the Brit
down to finish 2nd. Kimi Raikkonen, after a brilliant qualifying in his Ferrari,
which put the Finn on the front row in 2nd next to the reigning world Champion,
was not able to capitalise on his earlier efforts.
At the most historic track on
the calendar, Monza has never been a disappointing race for spectators. The
track has always put on a show ever since the first Grand prix was held at the
track. When the lights went out, the crowd and the entire world was left
stunned as Kimi Raikkonen who had almost all the bets in the world that he
could take the race to Hamilton, messed up his start and was left as a sitting
duck as the entire grid went past him.
Raikkonen went off the line
stone dead last. Vettel pushed as hard as he could to stay as close as he could
to Hamilton’s Mercedes. Hamilton stayed in the lead from the lights to the flag.
Vettel kept his place for the entire duration of the race as well.
Hamilton’s team mate Nico
Rosberg fell down the grid to manage to gain back to 5th place behind the two
Williams of Massa and Bottas. Rosberg fought his way along the race to climb to
3rd right up to the 50th lap of the race. Rosberg who was forced to use the old
spec engine compared to Hamilton’s new, just blew up and forced the German out
of the race just a few laps to the finish, which would have been the last
This left the Williams of
Felipe Massa to fight for his 3rd spot to the chequered flag against fellow
team mate Valtteri Bottas who came in 4th.
Kimi Raikkonen who was last at
the start of the race, drove brilliantly and showed what the Iceman is truly
made of when he fought his way through the pack, all the way to finish 5th. At
the end, the Finn was battling with Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber and the Force
India’s of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.
Perez finished in 6th ahead of
Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, and Ericsson who finished 7th, 8th and 9th respectively.
Daniil Kvyat took the final championship point of the race with a 10th place
Both Lotus cars retired early
on in the race and McLaren’s woes still haunt them as Fernando Alonso started
facing problems on lap 50.
The Singapore Grand Prix is
the next race on the 2015 Formula 1 calendar. The race weekend will be held
under floodlights from September 18-20.
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