Bittersweet Italian Grand Prix sees Lewis victorious as Nico retires

  • Lewis took his third Italian Grand Prix victory and seventh of the season

  • The result marks his 40th career win on his 160th Grand Prix start

  • Nico was forced to retire just three laps from the flag with a mechanical failure of his Power Unit

  • The Power Unit in question was being run for a sixth race weekend. The root cause of the failure will be diagnosed at Brixworth.

  • Both Lewis and Nico ran a one stop strategy of option / prime

  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS now lead Ferrari by 181 points in the Constructors' Championship

  • Lewis now leads the Drivers' Championship by 53 points from Nico

Lewis Hamilton

This weekend has been just fantastic. A perfect weekend for me - I can't remember one like it. This race is so special for every driver. When you stand up on that podium it's so emotional. It's a really proud moment to be up there in front of that sea of fans and to walk in the footsteps of so many great drivers who have won here. The start was pretty close, holding off Sebastian. But from there I felt in control. The balance wasn't perfect for qualifying but it was one of the best I've had in the race. I can't thank the team enough for all their hard work. Everyone at Brackley and Brixworth is doing such an incredible job. I've never seen anything like it, so thank you everyone.

Nico Rosberg

This weekend was very tough for me. There were just too many problems with my car which made it impossible to fight for the win. It hurts a lot when you have to retire with just two or three laps to go. A few corners earlier, I felt already that I had lost some power but was still hoping I could make it. Today was a massive step in the wrong direction for me in the Championship – but to complain doesn't help in these situations. I just need to keep pushing and come back even stronger. Giving up is not an option for me. I will push hard to turn things in the right direction – starting in Singapore, which is one of my favourite races. I'm looking forward to it already.

Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport

A bittersweet day for us all with a fantastic win for Lewis but a DNF for Nico after he had climbed back through the field. The pattern was set at the start, when Lewis retained the lead but Nico suffered a bad start. Lewis was able to build a good gap to Vettel, drove a flawless race and thoroughly deserved his victory. The result leaves him in a very strong championship position with seven races to go.


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