Nico Rosberg was disappointed to finish second after leading today’s Italian Grand Prix, but admitted after the race that teammate Lewis Hamilton was quicker this weekend and deserved to win the race at Monza.
Hamilton made a poor start from pole position to drop down to fourth before fighting his way back up into second place after the first round of pit stops. When closing on Rosberg, the German driver locked up at the first chicane, allowing Hamilton to power out of the corner and into the lead of the race.
From there, the Briton never looked back. Rosberg failed to keep up with his teammate, falling 3.1 seconds short at the flag. However, there are no sour grapes over the result.
“Lewis was quicker this weekend, so he deserved the win,” Rosberg said after the race. “That for sure is very disappointing for me. I had a lock up in turn one and I decided to go straight to avoid a flat spotted tire. That cost me the lead, but he was very quick behind me, so I had to push all the time.
“I need to see the positive things from today. Second place is still good and I lost only seven points to Lewis, so this could have been much worse.
“It’s also a great result for the team, the first one-two since Austria. So I’m happy for everybody in our team and I have to thank everyone again for this great Silver Arrow.”
With second place, Rosberg has limited the damage of Hamilton’s win, and still holds a 22 point lead heading into the final six races of the season. However, the fact that he could have won today’s race to take a 36 point advantage to Singapore will not be lost on the German driver.