Lewis Hamilton raced to victory with ease in Sunday’s Formula 1 Grand Prix at Monza, beating Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel with Felipe Massa finishing 3rd for Williams. Hamilton extended his lead over Nico Rosberg to 53 points after Nico Rosberg was forced to retire whilst running 3rd just two laps from the finish with the rear of his car on fire.
Ferrari’s hopes of beating the Silver Arrows took a knock from the start as Kimi Raikkonen failed to get away cleanly and unfortunately dropped to the back of the pack. Therefore it was left to Vettel to give the chase but there was no answer to Hamilton’s pace as he brought his Silver Arrow to the finish 25 seconds ahead.
Raikkonen staged a great recovery to take fifth, having overtaken Sergio Perez's Force India with six laps to run. In the end Nico Hulkenberg just hung on to take seventh in the sister car, but that too was a close-run after intense pressure from the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.
However, for Sebastian Vettel it was the best second place podium he had ran in his view.
Sebastian Vettel:Yes, it was the best second place I
have ever had! We all know how fantastically crazy Monza can
be. It was an incredible weekend. It is just unbelievable how much
support Ferrari gets here. It makes you feel like you have some kind of
‘super powers’ - at least that is how the fans treat you. It’s almost
like being able to walk on water. It is unbelievable when you stand on
the podium and you know that they mean you - the man in red! This ocean
of fans that suddenly comes out of nowhere and gather under the podium…
The emotions you get up there are simply awesome.
As a result Hamilton moves onto 252 points, with Rosberg on 199 and Vettel on 178. Mercedes, meanwhile, sit on 451 points, to 270 for Ferrari and 188 for Williams.
First Grand Prix -
Number of Laps - 53
Circuit Length - 5.793KM
Race Distance - 306.72KM
Lap Record - 1:21.046 by Rubens Barrichello (2004)
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