Lewis Hamilton secured his seventh win of 2015 at the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on Sept. 6, 2015. Lewis Hamilton secured his seventh win of 2015 at the Italian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on Sept. 6, 2015.
The Brit, who arrived at the Italian circuit with dyed blonde hair, started from pole position after turning the fastest lap in qualifying and then went on to dominate the race – building up a 1.5-second lead over the second-place driver at the end of the first lap.
There was a bit of a scare for Hamilton in the final laps as he was told to extend his lead, despite the fact it was already at 20 seconds. It takes 25 seconds to serve a pit stop, but none of the Mercedes team were willing the reveal the official reason for telling Hamilton to push.
Things were looking promising for Ferrari after Saturday as the Italian-based team qualified second and third on the grid – with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel filling out those spots respectively.
However, the new starting procedures bit Raikkonen in the wost possible way, as the Finn essentially stalled on the grid and fell to the back of the field before they even arrived at the first corner. Raikkonen spent the rest of the race passing cars and working his way up into the points.
Vettel, meanwhile, had taken advantage of the situation and was able to move up into second place, where he spent the rest of the race.
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg had the most eventful race up front as – starting from fourth position – he lost multiple spots at the start when Raikkonen stalled on the grid in front of him. At the end of the first run, he was in fifth behind the two Williams teammates but was able to leapfrog both of them in the pits up into third, where he looked destined to finish until his engine blew with two laps to go.
The only other retirements of the race were of the two Lotus teammates Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado, who pulled out of the race with mechanical failures at the end of the first lap. The team has been struggling financially and reports are that it will soon be bought out by Renault. Fernando Alonso also retired in the closing laps in his McLaren.
Rosberg’s engine failure set up a great final-lap scrap between Williams teammates Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas for third place, ultimately won by Massa.
Formula One will be back in action in two weeks at the Singapore Grand Prix – Formula One’s only night race of the season – on the streets of Marina Bay.