Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to win Italian Grand Prix

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Italian Grand Prix Race Report

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza was another captivating day on the 2016 F1 calendar. It all started on Friday 2nd September, 2016 which was the practice day. The qualifying rounds took place Saturday 3rd September, 2016. The super absorbing race event happened Sunday 4th September, 2016.

Brief history of the Italian Grand Prix

 The Italian Grand Prix was first held in the year 1921. The Italian Grand prix was part of the inaugural F1 championship races in 1950, and since then has been held every year. At the present time the event has taken place 85 times.

The great legend Michael Schumacher holds the record of the highest number of wins by a driver. He won the Italian grand prix 5 times.

Ferrari holds the record of the highest number of wins for a constructor. The Ferrari team have won the Italian Grand Prix 19 times.

The circuit length extends 5.793km (3.600mi) and the Race length covers 306.720 km (190.596mi). The Italian Grand Prix covers 53 laps.

The last Italian Grand Prix race i.e 2015 Italian Grand prix was won by Lewis Hamilton driving for Mercedes.

He also won the 2015 F1 world championship and still the current world champion.

More history of Italian Grand Prix or History of Formula 1.

2016 Italian Grand Prix Qualifying

The 2016 Italian Grand Prix qualifying round took place on Saturday 3rd September, 2016. Lewis Hamilton secured the pole position at the expense of his rival and team mate Nico Roberg.

This was Hamilton’s fifth pole position at the Italian Grand Prix and it made him equal legendary Ayrton Senna’s and Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of 5 Italian Grand Prix poles.

It was an outstanding performance by Hamilton as he dominated all the three qualifying sessions. Hamilton was able to finish almost half a second ahead of his team mate Nico Rosberg.

The two Mercedes drivers were too good for the rest like they have always been. The Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen occupied the second row.

Sebastian Vettel was able to finish ahead of his team mate to claim the third position.

The line-up for the Sunday race was sealed with Lewis Hamilton starting at the front followed by Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel third.


2016 Italian Grand Prix Race Highlights 

Before the race began, I’m sure there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that it is going to be another thrilling event.

Anyone could notice that the 2016 F1 season seem to be a private battle between the two Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton who is the current world champion and Nico Rosberg who recently lost his lead in the 2016 F1 championship campaign to Hamilton.

Talking about Hamilton before the race, he will be in much anticipation and be willing to give his all to win this Italian Grand Prix.

If he wins it will be his 3rd Italian Grand Prix victory and 50th victory of his career. His ability to secure pole position during qualifying is a boost to his prospect.

Hamilton started at the bottom of the line-up last week at the Belgian Grand Prix but was able to make an incredible podium finish in third position.

However, his lead was chopped down to just 9 points when his rival and team mate came out victorious at Spa Francorchamps.

From Nico Rosberg’s point of view he will not be willing to relent on his effort to get back on top of the championship standing and possibly win the title.

Even though his starting behind Hamilton on the grid may be a major disadvantage but I’m sure he will be ready to fight for it.

Hamilton had a woeful start into the race. He was quickly relegated into sixth position in the first lap as Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikonnen, Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo got ahead of him respectively.

Italian Grand Prix :Hamilton"s awful start

Hamilton’s awful start

Early in the race Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr had a clash. This caused the untimely exit of Nasr from the track. Jolyon palmer also dropped from the race in the ninth lap.

As the race proceeds Nico Rosberg maintained his lead while Hamilton drove his way towards the front end of the race. Hamilton was able to get past Raikonnen and Bottas within the first ten laps.

At lap 20 Hamilton was in the second position but only because both Ferrari drivers ahead of him pitted. He tried to create much gap between himself and the Ferrari drivers to cover for him when he also pit.

Hamilton finally pits and returned back behind the Ferrari drivers. In the 28th lap Pascal Wehrlein got into trouble with his car with bits of smoke coming off it.

He got off the car safely though. At end of the first 30 laps, Hamilton was close to Raikkonnen. It seems Raikonnen had slowed down to keep Hamilton occupied and to give his team mate ahead of him an advantage.


At lap 37 Daniil Kvyat got a 5 seconds penalty for speeding in the pit lane. He later retired just a lap after.

Just 13 more laps to go Hamilton had made his way to the second position but there is no way he is catching up with Rosberg.

With four more laps to go, Nico Rosberg was 12.4 second ahead of his team mate Lewis Hamilton in the second position. Finally Nico Rosberg was victorious.

Italian Grand Prix:Nico Rosberg celebrates his victory

Nico Rosberg celebrates his victory

He won the Italian Grand Prix with an amazing start to finish lead. Lewis Hamilton finished second and Sebastian Vettel will be joining the Mercedes drivers on the podium in the third place.

Nico Rosberg’s victory at the Italian Grand Prix has brought him just two points behind Hamilton in the championship standing.

Italian Grand Prix:Nico Rosberg celebrates with the crowd

Nico Rosberg celebrates with the crowd

Lewis Hamilton of course will not be happy with this after ruining his race with a woeful start.

Bottom of it all Nico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix and it was his 50th victory. He denied his team mate Lewis Hamilton his 50th victory here.

Italian Grand Prix:Team Celebration

Team Celebration


2016 Italian Grand Prix Race Result 

Position Driver Car
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG Heuer
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer
8 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes
9 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
11 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda
15 Carlos Sainz Jnr. Toro Rosso-Ferrari
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault
18 Esteban Ocor Manor-Mercedes
Not Classified
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari
20 Pascal Wehrlein Manor-Mercedes
21 Jolyon Palmer Renault
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari

 Next races on the 2016 F1 calendar

Venue                                                             Date

Singapore, Singapore                                      September 16-18

Sepang, Malaysia                                             September 30-October 2

Suzuka, Japan                                                   October 7-9

Austin, USA                                                       October 21-23

Mexico City, Mexico                                         October 28-30


Sao Paulo, Brazil                                               November 11-13

Abu Dhabi, UAE                                               November 25-27

2016 F1 championship’s race outcomes

Ground Prix   Pole Position Fastest Lap Winner Constructor
Australian GP Lewis Hamilton Daniel Ricciardo Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Bahrain GP Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Chinese GP Nico Rosberg Nico Hulkenberg Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Russian GP Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Spanish GP Lewis Hamilton Daniil Kvyat Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer
Monaco GP Daniel Ricciardo Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Canadian GP Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
European GP Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Austrian GP Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
British GP Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Hungarian GP Nico Rosberg Kimi Raikkonen Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
German GP Nico Rosberg Daniel Ricciardo Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Belgian GP Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Italian GP Lewis Hamilton Fernando Alonso Nico Rosberg Mercedes
Singapore GP
Malaysian GP
Japanese GP
United States GP
Mexican GP
Brazilian GP
Abu Dhabi GP

2016 F1 championship’s drivers standing

Position Driver Constructor Points
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 250
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 248
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG Heuer 161
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 143
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 136
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull-TAG Heuer 121
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 70
8 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 62
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 46
10 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 41
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 30
12 Carlos Sainz Jnr. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 30
13 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 28
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Ferrari 23
15 Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 17
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 6
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor-Mercedes 1
18 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Honda 1
19 Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari
20 Jolyon Palmer Renault
21 Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari
22 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari
23 Rio Haryanto Manor-Mercedes
24 Esteban Ocon Manor-Mercedes

2016 F1 championship’s constructors standing

Position Constructor Points
1 Mercedes 498
2 Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 290
3 Ferrari 279
4 Williams-Mercedes 111
5 Force India-Mercedes 108
6 Mclaren-Honda 48
7 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 45
8 Haas-Ferrari 28
9 Renault 6
10 Manor-Mercedes 1
11 Sauber

That was it for the 2016 Italian Grand Prix. Thank you for joining us. We’ll be back September 16, 2016 to bring you race report for the Singapore Grand Prix.

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