Lewis Hamilton has said that he and teammate Nico Rosberg are still friends following a tenuous two-week period that ended in a clean win for the Briton in the Italian Grand Prix today.
Hamilton recovered from a bad start to defeat Rosberg on Sunday at Monza, capitalizing on two mistakes from the German driver that saw him drop behind his teammate. When he moved into the lead, Hamilton pushed ahead and wasn’t troubled for the race win thanks to a peerless display.
Many thought that the battle between the two Mercedes teammates would end badly following their clash at the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago, but in the end it was a very clean fight.
“A big congratulations to the team,” Hamilton said after the race. “They said that they wanted a one-two and they got it today.
“It was a difficult race. For whatever reason, the start, there was a bug in the sequence. On the formation lap, it didn’t work. Very, very strange. I tried to pull away as fast as possible but the RPM was all over the place. Fortunately I managed to not lose too many places.”
Hamilton was advised by the team to drop back from Rosberg to avoid losing time in his tow, but the Briton opted to push on and it proved to be the right call.
“They said that I should stay back, but knowing from experiences, I knew that wasn’t the way forwards, so I chose another route,” he said.
On the podium, Hamilton was asked by former F1 driver Jean Alesi whether he and Rosberg were still friends.
“Of course,” Lewis said. “We’re teammates. We always will be.”
Rosberg was still graced with boos on the podium, just as he was at Spa. However, he still leads the drivers’ championship by 22 points ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)