Classifieds 50% off, use promo code FBkpkPromo The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News World Sport
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World  | Surf Report  | Predictions XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Title fight heats up after Rosberg’s Italian GP victory

FORMULA ONE: The great irony of the 2016 Italian Grand Prix (Sept 4) was that the decidedly sedate race teased an exciting run to the finish of the season on Nov 27.


Michael Lamonato

Tuesday 6 September 2016, 11:50AM


Nico Rosberg celebrates on the podium next to second-placed Lewis Hamilton and third-placed driver Sebastian Vettel following the Italian Grand Prix. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP
Nico Rosberg celebrates on the podium next to second-placed Lewis Hamilton and third-placed driver Sebastian Vettel following the Italian Grand Prix. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Nico Rosberg cut a distraught figure in the paddock after qualifying half a second adrift of teammate Lewis Hamilton at the historic Autodromo Nazionale Monza, but few doubted it was anything other than the resumption of normal service in the championship fight.

After winning the Belgian Grand Prix unopposed and ahead of Hamilton in third, Rosberg’s title fightback seemed to have already become derailed.

But on the calendar’s fastest circuit race permutations too change at a rapid pace, and prospects for the race were turned on their heads within seconds of the lights going out.

Hamilton bogged down off the line and lost five places by the first turn. Rosberg, whose start was better but by no definition great, needed only to fend off an advance from the fast-starting Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari to claim first place.

“From then on I was able to control the pace,” a jubilant Rosberg said after the race. “It was all down to the start.”

It was Rosberg’s first victory in Italy, but more pertinent was that the German has closed a 19-point deficit to Hamilton to just two points in the first two rounds since the midseason break.

“I’m feeling great. The race is on with Lewis of course – it’s always going to be a great battle, and I look forward to what’s to come.”

What is to come is the most mouth-watering part of the championship picture. Of the seven races still to come this season, in 2015 Rosberg won three of them and the remaining four were split between Hamilton and Vettel.

In stark contrast to the one-way traffic in Italy, where Mercedes’s horsepower advantage and infinitely refined car proved untouchable, the next race on the humid and twisty streets of Singapore will be a hotly contested three-team battle.

MY STORAGE - Secure, Clean and Cost Effective Self Storage at Jungceylon, Phuket, Thailand

The Singapore Grand Prix will be run on Sept 18.

Meanwhile, Formula One learnt in Italy that it would be without two fixtures of the sport in 2017, with both Felipe Massa and Jenson Button confirming their exit.

Massa, 35, will start his 250th grand prix of a career that took him to the brink of a world title with Ferrari in 2008 at this year’s season-ending race in Abu Dhabi.

“I have so many great memories over the years, and I thank everyone in all the teams I have come through to help me get to where I am today,” said Massa. “My career has been more than I ever expected, and I am proud of what I have achieved.”

Button’s absence from the 2017 grid is more complicated, with McLaren announcing an ‘innovative’ driver strategy featuring Fernando Alonso and current test driver Stoffel Vandoorne racing full-time and Button in a reserve driver and ambassadorial role.

“To be clear, I’m very definitely not retiring,” Button said. “I’m contracted for both 2017 and 2018, I intend to work hard on car development, and I’m sure I’ll get behind the wheel of the new car at some point.”

McLaren CEO Ron Dennis was equally unequivocal when describing Button’s role.

“There’s no reason why he shouldn’t come back and race in 2018,” he said.

It would appear that Button’s contract in 2018 is an insurance policy against either Alonso deciding not to extend his contract past next season or the unlikely scenario of Vandoorne failing to convert his impressive junior career into top-level results.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
CAPTCHA
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Toilet mishap leaves Phuket student hospitalised

Kurt...LOL. Good lord, signs? how about a sign to be careful on tiles when walking? or watch door...it is closed. ...(Read More)


Phuket truck owner donates B20k towards Sophie Anderson’s funeral

Paully44...how on earth can I be "grossly over analyzing" your comments. At least if you are going to say something make sure it's right...(Read More)


Phuket top-brass police transferred, face corruption probe

Finally, a beginning of the police corruption cleaning up on Phuket. Do not forget Chalong Police station! That is a pirate nest! With all the bars,...(Read More)


Phuket top-brass police transferred, face corruption probe

"to prevent any damage to the government" The entire country of Thailand and most of planet earth already know Thailand is corrupt to the...(Read More)


Areas in Phuket Town to have water shut off tomorrow

Eagle; listen what both Rorii & Kurt are saying if they are going to preplan a power cut off just tell the community so they can make alternative ...(Read More)


Phuket taxi, tuk-tuk drivers rally against Patong parking crackdown

Kurt,you wrote you have been in Nanai-Road a long long time ago.Maybe you should take a look now.And looking at Patong from above?How about privacy?An...(Read More)


Phuket Town nightclub damaged in daytime fire

Tourists have to realize that clubs on Phuket are dangerous in framework of electric security thinking. Electric works are not like you expect it to ...(Read More)


Areas in Phuket Town to have water shut off tomorrow

Rorii,no guessing here.I did my research.Now i could give you a hint,but i prefer to keep you in the dark.And if someone is so bedridden that he can n...(Read More)


Phuket rain sends car ‘aquaplaning’ into tree

WOW,, Of course speed had nothing to do with it !!!! ...(Read More)


Phuket man dies in big bike accident

Capt.Jack.FYI a Mazda3 can come as a sedan or as a hatchback model....(Read More)

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.