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Rosberg wins Italian GP to cut Hamilton’s title lead

Nico Rosberg has cut Lewis Hamilton’s title advantage to just two points after capitalising on the Briton’s poor start to win the Italian Grand Prix.

Rosberg’s seventh victory of the year, one more than his Mercedes team-mate, was effectively secured at the start when pole-sitter Hamilton slumped to sixth place by the first corner.

Opening up a 15-second advantage over the sister Mercedes as Hamilton made his way back up the order to second place, Rosberg was only briefly headed during the first pit-stop phase as his one-stop strategy worked to perfection.

Ferrari ran a two-stop strategy and finished third and fourth with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen respectively with Vettel returning to the podium for the first time since June’s European GP.

The Scuderia have now cut Red Bull’s advantage over them in second place in the standings to 11 points.

Two drivers who will definitely not be on the grid in 2017, the retiring Felipe Massa scored points in ninth in the second Williams while McLaren’s Jenson Button, who is taking at least a year’s break, ended outside in 12th.

Italian GP result, 53 laps

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:17:28.089

2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +15.070

3. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, +20.990

4. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, +27.561

5. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, +45.295

6. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, +51.015

7. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, +54.236

8. Sergio Perez, Force India, +64.954

9. Felipe Massa, Williams, +65.617

10. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, +78.656

11. Romain Grosjean, Haas, +1 lap

12. Jenson Button, McLaren, +1 lap

13. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, +1 lap

14. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, +1 lap

15. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, +1 lap

16. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, +1 lap

17. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, +1 lap

18. Esteban Ocon, Manor, +2 laps

DNF Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso

DNF Pascal Wehrlein, Manor

DNF Jolyon Palmer, Renault

DNF Felipe Nasr, Sauber

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