Mercedes ace Lewis wins Italian GP to reduce gap with teammate Nico to just 22 points
Monza: Two weeks after their collision at the Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were on speaking terms again yesterday, putting on a united front for Mercedes after the team's seventh one-two triumph of the year in the Italian GP.
Escape to victory: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (left) takes the lead, while teammate Nico Rosberg takes the escape road for a second time during the Italian GP in Monza yesterday. Pic/AFP
Hamilton, aggressive and flawless, drove with great speed and daring to turn a poor start, when he dropped to fourth from pole position, into the 28th win of his career to trim the German's lead (see box).
Nigel Mansell, with 31 wins, is the only Briton to have accumulated more. Rosberg, who buckled under pressure and locked up twice at the first chicane while leading, ended 3.1 seconds adrift second.
Hamilton's father Anthony and step mother Linda were with him and he credited them for the win. "I got here with my family. They don't come to many races, but I wanted them here. They bring me luck. Maybe I need to be flying them out for every race," he said.
6 points for Force India
Meanwhile, Force India's Sergio Perez finished an impressive 7th and won six points for his effort. Teammate Niko Hulkenberg though finished 12th.
* Australia, March 16:
Rosberg 1st, Hamilton retd Points: Nico 25, Lewis 0
* Malaysia, March 30:
Hamilton 1st, Rosberg 2nd Pts: Nico 43, Lewis 25
* Bahrain, April 4:
Hamilton 1st, Rosberg 2nd
Pts: Nico 61, Lewis 50
* China, April 11:
Hamilton 1st, Rosberg 2nd Pts: Nico 79, Lewis 75
* Spain, May 11:
Hamilton 1st, Rosberg 2nd Pts: Nico 100, Lewis 97
* Monaco, May 25:
Rosberg 1st, Hamilton 2nd Pts: Nico 122, Lewis 118
* Canada, June 8:
Rosberg 2nd, Ham retd Pts: Nico 140, Lewis 118
* Austria, June 22:
Rosberg 1st, Hamilton 2nd Pts: Nico 165, Lewis 136
* Britain, July 6:
Hamilton 1st, Rosberg retd Pts: Nico 165, Lewis 161
* Germany, July 20:
Rosberg 1st, Hamilton 3nd Pts: Nico 190, Lewis 176
* Hungary, July 27:
Hamilton 3nd, Rosberg 4th Pts: Nico 202, Lewis 191
* Belgium, August 24:
Rosberg 2nd, Ham retd Pts: Nico 220, Lewis 191
* Italy, September 7:
Hamilton 1st, Rosberg 2nd Pts: Nico 238, Lewis 216