So, Italy… Not quite as exciting as anyone was hoping for, but not a bad race.
Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole for the seventh time this season but by the end of the first lap was down in sixth place, with Rosberg leading followed by the two Ferraris on home soil. Rosberg led every lap of the GP with the exception of one when he pitted, Hamilton managed to recover to second after the Ferraris pitted for the second time and Vettel finished in the final podium position.
Somehow Fernando Alonso set the fastest lap of the race in his McLaren, the first fastest lap for McLaren since the 2013 Malaysian GP. There weren’t really many big improvements in positions from qualifying to the race in the Italian GP, three drivers in the points finished higher than they started, three. Two of those gained just a single position from their grid slot and the other gained two.
For the first time this season Nico Hulkenberg hasn’t changed championship position after a race, and in fact nobody did, at all. Position wise it’s not particularly interesting, but with Rosberg’s win he now trails Hamilton by just two points.
Williams and Force India have switched place again, just three points between them and they will likely switch a few more times before the end of the season.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||AUS||10||53||01:25.919||6|
|7||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||NED||6||53||01:26.405||7|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India||MEX||4||53||01:26.920||8|
|10||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||GER||1||53||01:26.954||9|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||ESP||0||52||01:26.751||15|
|RET||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||RUS||–||36||01:28.037||16|