Hamilton’s Italian GP win stands post-tyre probe

Lewis Hamilton cruised to his s…


Driver Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg are under investigation by the stewards for a potential breach of the regulations regarding minimum starting tyre pressures during the Italian Grand Prix here on Sunday.

With the recent win of Hamilton, he is once again getting closer to clinching his next world title.

At the time it was a mystery – why would Mercedes demand more speed if Hamilton’s vehicle had a problem?

Even Vettel insisted it would have been harsh on Hamilton to take away his win.

Hamilton’s left rear tyre pressure was found to have been 0.3psi (pounds per square inch) below Pirelli’s recommendations, while Rosberg’s left-rear fell short by 1.1psi.

With some rivals calling for the reigning champion to be disqualified, the stewards ruled Mercedes had followed the specified procedures and decided to take no further action.

“I thought, what could be wrong with the auto ?”

But before Hamilton can properly celebrate he was told that he would have to face the stewards.

“We brought that phase four engine because we want to understand if the direction of development was the right one. Such a small thing”.

Hamilton headed into Sunday’s race having topped every practice and qualifying session.

I’ve had an awesome weekend. “I bow to you”.

Rosberg got to within two seconds of Vettel before his engine, six races old, let go on lap 51 and with it his chances of catching Hamilton in the title race seemingly up in smoke, too.

It added that Mercedes had set the pressures “supervised by the tyre manufacturer”, and therefore recommended that the protocols for ensuring actual race-start pressure are improved for the future. “Don’t ask questions, just execute”. After their podium return last time out in Belgium, it was a disastrous afternoon for Lotus, with both cars going out on the opening lap after drama at the first corner. I was just doing what they said and I was following orders. Said Hamilton in a post-race TV interview.

By contrast, Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen stalled from second on the grid, while Rosberg slipped back to sixth spot before fighting his way back through the field.

Before the race, fighter jets flew overhead leaving a trail of red, white and green smoke – the colors of the Italian flag.


Spanish McLaren driver Fernando Alonso dropped out of the race a couple of laps before Rosberg. The season ends in Abu Dhabi on November 29.

Lewis Hamilton WINS the Italian Grand Prix