Italian Grand Prix 2014 – Recap

Lewis Hamilton showed that he has the true heart of a champion after winning the Italian Grand Prix yesterday. The Brit had a very miserable race in Belgium two weeks ago in which he was forced to retire. But coming to Italy, he made it very clear from the start that he means business and is still very determined to win the title this year. The Brit took the lead from teammate Nico Rosberg in the 29th lap and never looked back after that. The race ended with Hamilton first, Rosberg second and Felipe Massa third.

The Qualifiers

After four months, Lewis Hamilton finally got back into the pole position after leading in the qualifying sessions in Monza. The Brit who suffered engine and brakes problems in his previous qualifying sessions which led him at one time to start the race from the pit finished the laps here very smoothly. His teammate Rosberg, who was reportedly slapped with a six figure fine by Mercedes because of the incident which happened in Belgium two weeks involving him and Hamilton finished second in the qualifiers to the take number two spot in the grid.

Racing Conditions

The Italian Grand Prix is held every year at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, a race track located near Milan, Italy. This track which was built in 1922 is one of the oldest race tracks still being used today for F1 racing. The inaugural F1 race was also held here in 1950. This circuit has a length of 5.793 kilometers. There are a total of 53 laps in the Italian Grand Prix which covers a distance of 306.720 kilometers. This is considered as the fastest race in the F1 calendar and is also the final European stop of the tournament. The weather is usually sunny during the race.

The Grid

1. Lewis Hamilton 2. Nico Rosberg 3. Valtteri Bottas 4.Felipe Massa 5. Kevin Magnussen 6. Jenson Button 7. Fernando Alonso 8. Sebastian Vettel 9. Daniel Ricciardo 10. Sergio Perez 11. Daniil Kvyat 12. Kimi Raikkonen  13. Jean-Eric Vergne  14. Nico Hulkenberg  15. Adrian Sutil  16. Esteban Gutierrez  17. Pastor Maldonado 18. Romain Grosjean 19. Kamui Kobayashi  20. Jules Bianchi 21. Max Chilton 22. Marcus Ericsson

The Race

Nico Rosberg started the race very aggressively and took the lead. His teammate Lewis Hamilton, who started in pole drops into fourth. In the fourth lap, Hamilton and Massa overtook Magnussen who was in second place before. Massa is now n second and Hamilton in third. In lap 10, Hamilton was able to overtook Massa on a turn after the Italian mistakenly gave him enough room to pass through. After this, Hamilton closes the gap between him and Rosberg. A number of drivers made a pit stop on lap 20, but both Mercedes drivers still haven’t made one. Rosberg finally made a pit stop on lap 25. Hamilton followed him and also made a stop on lap 26.

Hamilton still continues to close in on Rosberg on lap 27 cutting his lead by 1.3 second. Finally on lap 29, Hamilton was able to finally grab the lead after Rosberg made a mistake at Turn One. Fernando Alonso meanwhile was forced to retire from the race due to a power failure. Hamilton continued to pull away from Rosberg and the rest in the succeeding laps. By lap 36, Hamilton had established a 4 second lead over Rosberg. In lap 43, the order are as follows: Hamilton, Rosberg, Massa, Vettel and Ricciardo. Hamilton continues to extend his lead. In the 47th lap, Ricciardo was able to finally got pass Vettel taking the fourth position. In lap 52, Hamilton’s lead was cut into just 2.9 seconds as he slowed down. But he was still able to finish the race first after 53 laps. He was followed by Rosberg and then by Massa for third.

After Thoughts

Lewis Hamilton’s back in business again after winning the Italian Grand Prix, just as we predicted. Rosberg was booed by the crowd in Monza during the awarding ceremony but he still leads the drivers’ championship with 238 points. But with the win here, Hamilton was able to close in the gap with Rosberg to just 22 points as he now has 216 points. There are only six races remaining this year. The rivalry between the two has gotten intense with the recent developments and with the head to head battle for the title, it could get nasty again despite the action made by team Mercedes. The next race will be in Singapore on September 21.