Hamilton wins at Monza despite FIA tyre investigation

Lewis Hamilton took his fortieth victory of his Formula 1 career at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza to extend his championship lead to 53 points as his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg was forced to retire with two laps remaining due to an engine failure.

However the race win was in doubt when the stewards announced they were investigation both Hamilton and Rosberg for having under-inflated tyres pre-race, with the race winner running 0.3psi below Pirelli’s 19.5psi guidelines.

However after the investigation, the stewards decided to take no action, and having controlled the race from the start, Hamilton was able to take home the twenty-five points on offer, winning the race by 25.042s from Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel drove a relatively lonely race after jumping ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the start as the Finn made a mess of his getaway, dropping from second on the grid to the rear of the field, but fought back superbly to take fifth at the chequered flag.

Completing the podium was former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, who held off the late advances of Williams Martini Racing team-mate Valtteri Bottas, but both inherited their places when Rosberg’s engine expired while running third and catching Vettel.

Behind Raikkonen in fifth was Sergio Perez of the Sahara Force India team, who consolidated his Spa-Francorchamps form from two weeks ago to claim sixth, just ahead of team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, while Daniel Ricciardo climbed from the back of the field to finish eighth for Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

Marcus Ericsson secured his third points finish in as many races with a good drive in his Sauber to ninth, with the second Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat completing the top ten.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso’s missed out on points after their engine chances, with Carlos Sainz Jr eleventh and Max Verstappen, including taking his drive-through penalty at the end of the opening lap, twelfth, while the second Sauber of Felipe Nasr was thirteenth after a pit stop on the opening lap to change his front wing.

Jenson Button was the sole McLaren-Honda to see the chequered flag in fourteenth having run inside the top ten in the opening couple of laps after a good start, but team-mate Fernando Alonso was a late casualty, retiring with three laps remaining with an electrical issue.

The two Manor F1 Team drivers both saw the chequered flag, with Will Stevens ahead of Roberto Merhi, while both Lotus F1 Team drivers were out by the end of the second lap with un-repairable damage to their E23 Hybrids.

Monza Race Result

144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes1hr18.00.688s
25Sebastian VettelGERFerrari+25.042s
319Felipe MassaBRZWilliams-Mercedes+47.635s
477Valtteri BottasFINWilliams-Mercedes+47.996s
57Kimi RaikkonenFINFerrari+1m08.860s
611Sergio PerezMEXForce India-Mercedes+1m12.783s
727Nico HulkenbergGERForce India-Mercedes+1 Lap
83Daniel RicciardoAUSRed Bull-Renault+1 Lap
99Marcus EricssonSWESauber-Ferrari+1 Lap
1026Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull-Renault+1 Lap
1155Carlos Sainz JrESPToro Rosso-Renault+1 Lap
1233Max VerstappenNEDToro Rosso-Renault+1 Lap
1312Felipe NasrBRZSauber-Ferrari+1 Lap
1422Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren-Honda+1 Lap
1528Will StevensGBRManor-Ferrari+2 Laps
1698Roberto MerhiESPManor-Ferrari+2 Laps
17/RET6Nico RosbergGERMercedes+3 Laps
18/RET14Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren-Honda+4 Laps
RET8Romain GrosjeanFRALotus-MercedesRetired
RET13Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus-MercedesRetired