Monday, 5 September 2016

F1: Lewis Hamilton Loose as Rosberg took the Podium and Close The Gap

Lewis Hamilton's Championship lead slipped from nine points to two, after the damage was done in the first few seconds of the Italian Grand Pix.

As the light went out, Hamilton got off the line as well as anyone. But almost immediately he was like a man wading through treacle. The rest of the field closed on the world champion left, right and centre.

From pole position, Hamilton plunged to sixth by the first corner, and the script had been ripped apart.

Nico Rosberg cruised to win at the Italian Grand Prix after taking advantage of team-mate Lewis Hamilton's horrible start.
Although Hamilton finished second, behing Nico Rosberg, it was a missed opportunity on a track where the pole-sitter has converted his qualifying supremacy in to victory on all six of the most recent previous editions.

What happened to Hamilton in those fateful few seconds was unclear, though he admitted over the radio to human error. However, it is not the first time this season that the British has been slow into first corner.

Roseberg's victory was his seventh of this season, second in succession, and gave him hos 50th podium in a career that started in Bahrain in 2006. Bring on Singapore a fortnight hence.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolf said: "One and two in Monza, this is the most prestigious track. It is Ferrari land. Awesome. You may thinkit was boring to watch but for us it was fantastic."

 
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