Vettel and Raikkonen take third and fourth at the legendary Italian Grand Prix​

 

Monza is regarded by many as the embodiment of Formula One racing.

Not only is it a fantastic example of a track that combines speed with skill, it also has a heart and soul all of its own. It has seen some of the finest races of all time, but also some of the sport's worst accidents. The names of great drivers and the sounds of engines from years gone by linger in the grand old trees surrounding the track in the royal park.

Over that time, Monza has borne witness to an incredible list of historic moments, famous victories and horrifying crashes. All combine to make it one of the most magical places on the Formula One calendar. For many there is nowhere that encapsulates the sport better than this circuit.

The Italians call it 'La Pista Magica', the magic track, a description few would disagree with.

At the start Hamilton saw not only Rosberg but also the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen rocket past him, followed by the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. Then Daniel Ricciardo went past the bewildered British driver.

Hamilton managed to get past Ricciardo and Bottas and because Vettel and Raikkonen were on a two-stop strategy (the Mercedes pair were on one-stop) he managed to finish behind Rosberg. The gap at the end was 15 seconds, just as it had been early in the race. Hamilton cut that deficit by a third but explained that he would destroy his rubber by maintaining his pace.

Kimi Raikkonen, 4th

"I think that today we were closer to our rivals than we expected after qualifying. Obviously we were on different tactics, but we did the correct things, the right choice with tyres and the fastest race we could. We had a pretty good speed but we were not fast enough for gaining a better position. Fourth position is not exactly what we were looking for, but this is not the easiest circuit for us against the Mercedes, and we did our maximum. With Sebastian we were more or less driving behind each other and when you race against your teammate there's not much that you can do, we both know what the other guy is going to do. After the start it was a bit tricky, I got close after the first pit stop, but then he was able to pull away. In the last few weekends it seems that we are going in the right direction, now we have to keep trying and improving doing our maximum. Every race is a different story, a small mistake here and there from somebody might give us a chance, who knows.."

Sebastian Vettel, 3rd

"Of course I am very happy for all the team. It is a very special race for us, to stand on the podium here in Monza, is just great. But for sure you are always aiming for the top step, so well done to our rivals, they have been in a league on their own in the race. Yet, we tried our optimum, this is the perfect result for us, the whole weekend has been very smooth, no issues with the car. We brought an engine update, so grazie anche to the guys at Maranello, for their support. I feel things are changing: it will still take a little bit, but we are heading the right way. And on a day like this, you realize that life is to enjoy, to get so much support is just unbelievalble. I feel we have the best fans in the world, it is difficult to find the right words. This podium here, it's not the Adriatic sea, it is the sea of tifosi.. We had a rough season, we had high expectations, we have put ourselves on high pressure, we have also done mistakes, but the most important thing is that we stay a team, that we stay together. We have a lot of races ahead, we know we have a good car, unfortunately not yet quick enough for being able to say, here 'we have the best car', but I am sure that one day we will be."

Italian Grand Prix

First Grand Prix - 1950

Number of Laps - 53

Circuit Length - 5.793KM

Race Distance - 306.72KM

Lap Record - 1:21.046 by Rubens Barrichello (2004)



 ​

If you would like to find out more about the Ferrari range, please contact Dick Lovett Ferrari in Swindon