A dominant showing by Mercedes at the 2017 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix with Hamilton and Bottas taking a comfortable 1-2 win.
Much to the dismay of Ferrari fans at the Monza circuit, Mercedes took a comfortable win. The fans had a consolation gift of Vettel coming in third and the fact that it was a battle lost, but a war to win later. Hamilton now leads the 2017 F1 Driver’s Championship by three points now.
The race as it happened
Hamilton had a clean start blocking Stroll to lead the race. Verstappen was the biggest winner at the start moving up to 8th after starting on softs, but his streak of bad luck continued after he came in contact with Massa resulting in a puncture and dropping down the grid. Ricciardo who also started on the same tyre had a splendid race, pulling off some good overtakes.
Raikkonen and Bottas traded places at the start, but the Merc Finn managed to pull it back and then pull away from the Ferraris and the others to move into 2nd. Vettel then took three places back, taking teammate, Stroll and Ocon. Hulkenberg was the first of the regulars to pit and swap the supersofts for softs.
Ocon and Raikkonen were the next to pit for softs dropping them down the order. Stroll pitted next but lost a position after a slow pit stop. Palmer and Alonso were going at it for track position and the Brit got a five place grid penalty after leaving the track and gaining advantage.
At the front, Hamilton and Bottas are moving ahead with a 9 second gap to Vettel. The race ended with the gap at close to 36 seconds. Raikkonen moved past Ocon to take fifth as the the three front runners pit for softs to come out with no change in position. Perex who was running in 4th pitted to come out at 9th.
The two Red Bulls put on supersofts to go on the charge towards the end. Verstappen managed to score a single point in the end. Ricciardo pulled a couple of spectacular overtakes but the pass of the day was on Raikkonen to go up fourth. He managed to track down Vettel, but ran out of laps and couldn’t fight for the podium. There was a midfield battle towards the end as well with the Force Indias and Williams, but it finished as it started with Ocon, Stroll, Massa and Perez finishing 6th to 9th.
Next race is Singapore in two weeks time and looks to be a happy hunting ground of Ferrari. But seeing Red Bull’s pace today, things might not be that straightforward for the Italian outfit.
Too lazy to type anything, so re quoting from the best F1 driver in the world:
“On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit'. And so you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.”
― Ayrton Senna