Mercedes closing in – Italian GP 2016

The Italian Grand Prix was disappointingly dull this year. (Sorry for the late post, I was busy.)

The Top-10:

  1. Nico RosbergRosberg got the better start out of the two Mercedes cars and laughed all the way to the bank. Maybe Nico can get his head back in the game and provide us with some excitement for the championship.
  2. Lewis HamiltonA terrible start, going wide and being held up by Bottas probably cost Hamilton an easy race-victory.
  3. Sebastian VettelVettel’s first podium since Baku came in a very colourless race but it’s nice to see a Ferrari on the podium again.
  4. Kimi Räikkönen – Räikkönen seemed to do all that could be done. An excellent finish from Ferrari in a long while.
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Slightly underwhelming race from Red Bull. Danny boy did all that he could in these circumstances.
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Bottas’s best result in several races and after battling Hamilton (albeit briefly) as well.
  7. Max Verstappen – Verstappen had a lousy start and was stuck in the mid-field for a long while. Red Bull probably wants to forget this miserable weekend.
  8. Sergio Perez – Had he not gone wide, Perez might have had a shot at the higher positions, though Williams and Ferrari are doubtlessly much faster on the straights.
  9. Felipe Massa – Future ex-F1 driver Massa made a decent rise from 11th to 9th in the finish without much opposition.
  10. Nico Hülkenberg – After such a good showing in Belgium, the Hülk really under-performed this round.

Golden Pineapple Award: Romain Grosjean, Haas F1

The Haas F1 team’s fifth Golden Pineapple Award and the first one not to come from Esteban Gutierrez. Considering this is Grosjean’s best finish in the last five races, it shows that the Haas team has really fallen off the boat on car development. Maybe they’re saving up for 2017, but this seems terribly lacklustre, especially since Grosjean’s been able to score points from time to time.

Drop-out count: 4

Jolyon Palmer struck his front left wheel in-between Felipe Nasr‘s wheels at the very start. Both drivers’ cars were damaged beyond repair and they retired to the pits.

Pascal Wehrlein had an oil leak and was told to park his car to the side of the track. Daniil Kvyat also retired unceremoniously into the pits, with the Racing Russki’s only solace this weekend being that for the first time in a while his team stuck up for him in regards to rumours of him being replaced later in the season.

Back of the Lot News:

Very little positive to say about the back-lot. Jenson Button was closing in on Grosjean towards the end and that’s about it – with Button finishing a semi-respectable 12th. Fernando Alonso stupidly let Esteban Gutierrez past him and wound up 14th behind him.

Carlos Sainz completed Toro Rosso’s underwhelming day with a lacklustre 15th place finish. Nothing new from the Sauber or Renault camps, as Marcus Ericsson beat the recovering Kevin Magnussen at 16th, leaving the Dane 17th and second-to-last.

Dead Last: Esteban OconOf course, being a Manor driver means that you’ll have the dishonour of being the last car on the track at some point. I wouldn’t blame Ocon too much, driving a slow car in a speedy circuit. Better luck next time.