Scuderia Ferrari ‘s Sebastian Vettel scored a podium in front of the loyal tifosi at Sunday’s Italian GP from Monza, finishing third behind race-winner Nico Rosberg and second place’s Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth overall, while Red Bull’s rounded out the top five.
Ferrari very nearly scored a double podium in front of its home crowd after Hamilton got off to a poor start. The defending world champ’s Mercedes suffered wheelspin on the start, bumping him back to sixth by Turn 1 and forcing him to fight his way through the field for a podium spot.
As Hamilton attempted to work his way back out front, the two Ferraris chased Rosberg down. Both Vettel and Raikkonen were on two-stop strategies, but they were no match for the two Mercedes drivers. Hamilton eventually got out front of the two Ferraris during their pit stop cycle and even though Vettel began to reel him in, he proved too fast down the long straights of Monza.
Hamilton eventually finished 15 seconds behind his teammate while Vettel claimed the final podium position. The result saw Ferrari edge closer to Red Bull in the constructors’ standings with 279 points to Red Bull’s 290, however it still trails Mercedes’ 488 points by a large sum.
Rosberg also trails Hamilton in the driver’s championship by just 2 points with 248 to Hamilton’s 250. Daniel Ricciardo is third in the championship with 161 points, while Sebastian Vettel is fourth with 143.
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