Poor Start For Hamilton
Poor Start For Hamilton: Lewis Hamilton’s dreams of winning the Italian Grand Prix for the third year in a row, and chalking up his 50th Formula One race victory, went out with the start lights on Sunday GP. In a split second the triple world champion went from pole position to chaser, a slow getaway leaving him sixth as Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg disappeared into the distance. “I am told it wasn’t a driver error but it wasn’t anyone’s error,” said the Briton, whose advantage over Rosberg was cut to two points. “It was just we continue to have an inconsistency with our clutch. It has hit me quite a lot this year.” “Nico drove a great race… and did what he had to do. Once you are out front here it is relatively plain and simple… all he had to do was match some of my times and he was sorted,” said Hamilton.
Mercedes’ superiority was underlined by the fact that they were in a race of their own despite running what every other team believed was a slower strategy. The Ferraris were comfortably quicker than anyone else in the chasing group, and the excitement in the closing laps was around a battle for fifth between Bottas and Ricciardo. Outside the top 10 points positions, Jenson Button put in a superb performance a day after announcing that he would not be racing in F1 next season. Referring to the championship, in which there are seven races remaining, Rosberg said: “The race is on. It’s always going to be a great battle and I look forward to what is to come.” Hamilton said: “It was the start. I knew my engineers would be worried and nervous of how the start went. All eyes are on the next race as Hamilton leads by just two points in the championship.