Italian GP: Hamilton back with a bang, wins at Monza
McLaren Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins the Italian GP on Sunday. The British driver clocked a time of 1:19.41.221 at Monza.
McLaren Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton wins the Italian GP on Sunday. The British driver clocked a time of 1:19.41.221 at Monza. (All photos AP and AFP)
It was an interesting start at the Autodromo Nazionale, Monza with Felipe Massa trying to take his Ferrari past Hamilton at the first turn. Massa drove most of the early part of the race behind Hamilton but ended up fourth.
Ferrari, of course, got the loudest cheer at home. And even if the race went to McLaren Mercedes, a podium finish meant a happy return for the Monza crowd.
William's Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado, who went in to Monza with a double grid penalty from the Belgian GP, kept his race as uneventful as possible and finished 11th.
Toro Rosso's French driver Jean-Eric Vergne crashed out early in Monza, but thankfully, he didn't take anyone along with him.
Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull was one of the disappointments in a race that saw Mercedes McLaren's Jenson Button to unable to complete the race at Monza. Both their cars suffered from mechanical glitches.
Force India's Paul di Resta finished the race one place above where he had begun. He had a torrid Saturday after qualifying 4th but losing 5 places due to a gearbox penalty. Resta more than made up for it with 4 points on Sunday.
It was an impressive race for Fernando Alonzo as he finished third from a grid position of 10. Here, the Ferrari-man tries to take over as the cameraman of a broadcasting channel.
It was a rather relaxed Italian GP for Lewis Hamilton as he drove mostly unchallenged at Monza.
Lewis Hamilton is surely a happy man, especially after the way he had to crash out in the Belgian GP. (Left) Sergio Perez, too, had a great run finishing second after he started at 12th on the grid.