If Mercedes’ 1-2 finish at this morning’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza was predictable, it certainly didn’t seem so in the opening laps of the race. Electrical gremlins once again plagued Hamilton’s Mercedes AMG Hybrid and he fell back from pole to 5th or 6th by the first corner. By the time he got back up to speed, Nico Rosberg was more than 4 seconds ahead of 2nd place Felipe Massa, and it looked like a runaway victory for the German/Austrian/Monacoan driver.
It was not be, however. An uncharacteristic blunder by Rosberg cost him 2 seconds on the track, and Hamilton began to reel him in, eventually passing Rosberg – while the German, hilariously, screamed “Don’t tell me the gap!” into his radio – after the first round of stops.
Behind Mercedes’ 1-2, the Mercedes-powered Williams cars finished 3-4, with Felipe Massa scoring his first podium finish as a Williams driver in grand fashion. Behind them, the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel broke up the Benzes, finishing just ahead of McLaren-Mercedes driver Kevin Magnussen, who was demoted a few places post-race due to a 5 second penalty. Magnussen’s demotion meant that Mexican Force India driver Sergio Perez finished ahead of both the man who displaced him at McLaren (Magnussen) and the 2009 World Drivers’ Champion, his former McLaren teammate Jenson Button.
So, the short version is that the Italian Grand Prix at Monza was a pretty boring race, as 2014 Formula 1 races go. Still, there were a few mind games being played out throughout the field- and, surely, heads will soon be rolling out of Ferrari’s Maranello headquarters. The team’s star, Fernando Alonso, was out of the race with a mechanical failure and their expensive acquisition, Kimi Raikkonen, barely finished in the points as the team lost its constructors’ championship standing to Williams.
Expect carnage at Maranello on Monday, is what I’m saying.
You can see how the 2014 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza played out for everyone else in this handy-dandy chart, below, and let us know what you think of Hamilton’s chances at scoring the WDC are in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!
Hamilton Wins Monza
|FORMULA 1 2014: MONZA GP RESULTS – FINAL|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||5|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||6|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||7|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||12|