After Nico Rosberg’s slap on the wrist from Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s flying qualifying. it looked like it would be Hamilton’s day as he sat on the front of the grid. He seemed to have won the psychological games of the past week sixth the two Mercedes drivers came to gather on track at Spa two week earlier, eventually ending Hamilton’s race and hampering Rosberg’s.

Mercedes had done all they could with their drivers to ensure it would not happen again and threatened heavy handed action should they make a repeat of the previous race. So with his tail firmly between his legs Rosberg was expected to start on the back foot from his team mate in this weeks race at Monza.

f1 2014 monza 1

However the psychological advantage didn’t help Hamilton’s start as he bogged down off the line sending him back down the pack as Rosberg took advantage of a near perfect start and soon had a masterful control over the race, followed by McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen and Williams driver Felipe Massa.

Though it didn’t take long for Hamilton to move back up the pack to second, it was a different story for Valtteri Bottas who’s start system had a malfunction and dropped his Williams from 4th on the grid down to 10th.

f1 2014 monza Bottas

Max Chilton , the Briton suffering only the second retirement of his career in the sixth lap. The Marussia got the chicane all wrong and launched the car over one of the sleeping policeman which sent him into the wall, though this did not upset the race with a safety car.

f1 2014 monza max

Then, it was on lap 9 that the cracks in Rosberg’s armor started to show. Nico goes straight on at Turn One. The German weaves his way through the obstacles on the run-off and rejoins. He retained the lead but the gap to Felipe Massa in second dropped to just two seconds.

It was a rare mistake from the Mercedes driver and one that lit up Hamilton as he made his way in spectacular passing fashion up into second and bore down on Rosberg until lap 29 where Nico Rosberg seemingly cracked under pressure. The German once again going straight on at Turn One. As he weaves his way round the obstacles, Lewis Hamilton neatly completes the first chicane and assumes the lead.

f1 2014 monza rosberg hamilton

From their Rosberg dropped back slightly behind his team mate, not challenging for the lead and retaining second. Third went to a very deserving Felipe Massa for Williams and after a sensational race Valtteri Bottas comes home in fourth mirroring the grid at the start of the Grand Prix.

f1 2014 monza posium 1

Race Results

1. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes1hr 19m 10.236s 53 laps 
2. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 03.1s 
3. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes +00m 25.0s 
4. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes +00m 40.7s 
5. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 50.3s 
6. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 59.9s 
7. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes +01m 02.5s 
8. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +01m 03.0s 
9. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari +01m 03.5s 
10. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes +01m 06.1s* 

11. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault +01m 11.1s 
12. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +01m 12.6s 
13. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault +01m 13.0s 
14. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault +1 lap 
15. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap 
16. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault +1 lap 
17. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault +1 lap 
18. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari +1 lap 
19. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault +2 laps 
20. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +2 laps** 

Rtd. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 28 laps completed 
Rtd. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari 5 laps completed 

Fastest lap: 
Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 28.004s Lap 29 
all results unofficial 

f1 2014 monza posium 2

This leaves the gap in the Drivers standings down to just 2 points for the lead as Lewis Hamilton begins clawing his way back towards his team mate into the closing half of this season. So will Rosberg recover from this blow to keep the gap open till the end or will Lewis Hamilton catch up and take the double points final to win his second World Championship?

Drivers Points

DriverTeamPoints
Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

238

Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

216

Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing

166

Valtteri BottasWilliams F1 Team

122

Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari

121

Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing

106

Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes

72

Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team

70

Felipe MassaWilliams F1 Team

55

Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari

41

Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team

39

Kevin MagnussenVodafone McLaren Mercedes

38

Jean-Éric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso

11

Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team

8

Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso

8

Jules BianchiMarussia F1 Team

2

Adrian SutilSauber F1 Team
Esteban GutiérrezSauber F1 Team
Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team
Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team
Marcus EricssonCaterham F1 Team
Kamui KobayashiCaterham F1 Team

Results and images: Crash.net
Roger Baillie (Twitter: @Rojn8r)

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