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."
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)
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