Nico Rosberg today took his 21st career victory – his 1st at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza and seventh of the 2016 season so far. Lewis H completed a 4th Silver Arrows 1-2 of the season. He leads the Drivers’ Championship by two points from Nico Rosberg (148). MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS (498) leads Red Bull (290) by 208 points in the Constructors’ Championship.
Nico Rosberg: “It means so much to me to win here at Monza. The crowd were unbelievable over the entire weekend and especially during the podium ceremony. This win is incredibly special for me and standing up there and singing with thousands of people gave me goosebumps. The race went perfectly for me and after a good start I was able manage the gap between myself and the car behind. Our car has been amazing this weekend and I extend a massive thank you to the whole team. I’m looking forward to Singapore, which was our weakest race last year. Hopefully we’ve learnt lessons from 2015 and we’ll come back even stronger!”
Lewis Hamilton wasn’t as ebullient: “It’s tough to take when you lose a race because of such a poor start. From there it was just about managing the tyres during the first stint and I was delighted to get back up to second after the first stop. I kept pushing as hard as I could and came within 15 seconds of Nico when we crossed the line. I’m happy with my performance this weekend but after such an incredible qualifying day yesterday it was disappointing to be unable to capitalise. I’m sure we’ll work on what happened at the start between now and Singapore.”