It was an easy race win for Nico Rosberg in the end, inherited by a poor get away from his teammate Lewis Hamilton which shielded him from any trouble during the race.
With the Mercedes drivers having enough of a pace advantage in Monza, Rosberg took the soft tyre in Q2 and therefore the first stint of the race. Going longer than either the Ferrari or the Red Bull, Mercedes were able to execute a one-stop strategy for Nico Rosberg to enhance that advantage at the front from the two chasing Ferrari drivers on home soil. With both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen starting on the supersoft and then changing to another set of the supersofts, they had to make another stop which ultimately helped Lewis Hamilton.
Pleased with the win, which brings him to two points behind Lewis Hamilton in the drivers championship, Nico Rosberg said after the race: “The start was the big opportunity and at worked out fantastically.
“I got a great start, because of course we had the soft and Ferrari had the supersoft and that worked out great and that gave me the race win in the end, because from then on I was able to control the pace and we had good speed.”
Commenting on the fans during the podium celebrations, he commented, “The singalong was awesome. The Italian crowd is just the best in the world and it’s really good fun.”