F1 results: Nico Rosberg cuts Lewis Hamilton’s lead to two points

Nico Rosberg took the lead after Lewis Hamilton stumbled out of the opening lap on Sunday at the Italian Grand Prix and never looked back, winning the race and cutting the championship lead to two points.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg pulls into first on Saturday, five places ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton (back, left) at the Italian Grand Prix. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP / September 4, 2016
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg pulls into first on Saturday, five places ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton (back, left) at the Italian Grand Prix. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP / September 4, 2016

Italian Grand Prix results

1 Nico Rosberg 1:17:28.089; 2 Lewis Hamilton +15.070; 3 Sebastian Vettel +20.990; 4 Kimi Raikkonen +27.561; 5 Daniel Ricciardo +45.295; 6 Valtteri Bottas +51.015; 7 Max Verstappen +54.236; 8 Sergio Perez +1:04.954; 9 Felipe Massa +1:05.617; 10 Nico Hulkenberg +1:18.656; 11 Romain Grosjean +1 lap; 12 Jenson Button +1 lap; 13 Esteban Gutierrez +1 lap; 14 Fernando Alonso +1 lap; 15 Carlos Sainz Jr +1 lap; 16 Marcus Ericsson +1 lap; 17 Kevin Magnussen +1 lap; 18 Esteban Ocon +2 laps; DNF Daniil Kvyat; Pascal Wehrlein; Jolyon Palmer; Felipe Nasr

// Nico Rosberg edged his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for the second straight race and tightened the Formula One drivers’ championship race to a gap of just two points on Sunday with a win at the Italian Grand Prix.

Seeking a third straight victory at Monza, F1 championship leader Hamilton had a slow getaway from pole position at the start and fell back to sixth.

German rival Rosberg took advantage and dominated as he won in Italy for the first time in his career, while Hamilton fought back to take second spot ahead of the Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, third in the drivers’ standings, started sixth and skilfully overtook Valtteri Bottas late in the race to claim fifth.

Where they stand

1 Lewis Hamilton 250 points (6 race wins)

2 Nico Rosberg 248 points (7 race wins)

3 Daniel Ricciardo 161 points

Remaining races

Singapore (Sept 18); Malaysia (Oct 2); Japan (Oct 9); United States (Oct 23); Mexico (Oct 30); Brazil (Nov 13); Abu Dhabi (Nov 27)

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Published: September 4, 2016 04:00 AM

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