Rosberg pounces on sluggish Hamilton at Monza


Nico Rosberg closed the gap to Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One standings to just two points as a shocking start ruined the reigning champion's Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton was a class above his Mercedes team-mate on Saturday, qualifying almost half a second quicker than the German, but a sluggish launch opened the door for Rosberg to dominate at Monza - taking his first win at the 'Temple of Speed'.

Rosberg had gone from 43 points ahead of Hamilton after Barcelona to trailing him by 19 going into the mid-season break, but successive wins have tilted momentum back in his favour and a seventh win of 2016 represents his best tally in a single season.

The Silver Arrows' Saturday dominance, and consequent one-stop strategy, meant Hamilton did not have to fight the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen for second place - Vettel beating his colleague to the lower step on the podium.

A three-four finish at their home race will do little to lift the pressure on the famous constructor, however, after being outpaced and out-strategised all weekend.

This race weekend has been notable for announcements that the retiring Felipe Massa and Jenson Button will leave F1 at the end of the season - possibly temporarily in the latter's case. The Brazilian placed ninth for Williams, with Button finishing 12th.