1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Nico Rosberg
3. Felipe Massa
4. Valterri Bottas
5. Daniel Riccardo
6. Sebastien Vettel
7. Sergio Perez
8. Jenson Button
9. Kimi Raikkonen
10. Kevin Magnussen
11. Daniil Kvyat
12. Nico Hulkenberg
13. Jean-Eric Vergne
14. Pastor Maldonado
15. Adrian Sutil
16. Romain Grosjean
17. Kamui Kobayashi
18. Jules Bianchi
19. Esteban Gutierrez
20. Marcus Ericsson
21. Fernando Alonso – DNF [ERS Failure]
22. Max Chilton – DNF
Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag to finish the 2014 Italian Grand Prix first, three seconds ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg who finished in second place with Williams’ Felipe Massa finishing in third.
Hamilton, who got a bad start off the line after his “Race Start” system failed to initiate properly and fell back three positions before he swiftly made them back within the first ten or so laps, managed to make the one-stop strategy work – much like his teammate – and in the opening stages of the second stint take the race lead from Rosberg, after he missed the first chicane for the second time.
Another driver who also got a bad start was Valterri Bottas, who from third on the grid dropped back to P12 after his start procedure also failed to initiate properly. The team couldn’t elaborate on why it happened, as it didn’t even register as a start on their telemetry, so further digging through the data was necessary before they were able to give a concrete reason as to why it happened. But even with the bad start, Bottas managed to redeem himself by making moves early on in the race in the all-important first stint, eventually getting back up to P4 a couple of laps before the first round of pitstops.
However he didn’t gain the gap between himself and Vettel – who had a pretty good start from P8 to get into P5 – necessary to come out ahead of him and a few other drivers battling for position after their first pitstop on hotter tyres, which meant that he had to provide us with more entertainment.
Further back there were a lot of battles in the midfield for 8th and 5th place, namely between the Force India of Sergio Perez, the two McLaren’s and the two Red Bull’s. Kevin Magnussen was at the front of that battle during the first stint, but Vettel managed to get past him during the first wave of stops by pitting three laps earlier on lap 19 for his set of Hards. Perez did the same thing but a lap later, and just missed out at the pit exit to clear him.
A couple of laps later Magnussen was battling with Bottas, and the Williams driver went to the outside heading into turn one. But Magnussen was late on the brakes, and as the pair went side-by-side Bottas was forced off track as Magnussen went wide. That earned the McLaren driver a five-second stop and go penalty, which wasn’t going to be served during a later pitstop because he hadn’t planned anymore, so it was instead added on to his elapsed race time. He ended up 10th place with the penalty across the line.
After we saw Bottas come through the field to get back into P4, we saw a rather respectful battle between former teammates Jenson Button and Sergio Perez. Button who was attacking on three lap-younger tyres, made a good move into turn one, but Perez got the drive off the corner to challenge him heading into the second chicane. The pair went side-by-side through the first part of it, which resulted in Perez shortcutting it and bouncing over the kerbs as they headed into the first Lesmo.
Button was then on the outside, and at the narrow corner they managed to go wheel-t0-wheel, with Button eventually backing out of it by the time they reached the second Lesmo. We saw the pair duel again, but Perez still retained the position until the end of the race, with the two ultimately finishing in 7th and 8th.
Another big mover during the race was Daniel Riccardo. After he also had a terrible start to go from P9 all the way back to P12, he stayed out during the first wave of stops for an extra four laps, which meant that he was able to challenge those on older rubber towards the end – which he did. The highlight was probably his moves on Sebastien Vettel and Sergio Perez, both of which involved him pulling a dummy entering the second chicane, after he got good drive off the first corner. A solid drive from the Red Bull driver, something the team said was the maximum give the pace of Bottas ahead was too fast.
Further back we saw the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat have a scary moment on the last lap, when his brakes failed heading into the first corner. The Toro Rosso driver managed to collect it, but nearly hit into the back of Kimi Raikkonen. Speaking of Ferrari, they had a pretty miserable afternoon. Alonso ended up retiring with an ERS failure on lap 29, with Raikkonen just taking home what eventually became P9 after he failed to mix in with the battle up front.
The Hard tyre runners at the start also eventually lost time it seems to the those who ran the Medium tyres in the opening stint, after they found degradation to be an issue trying to fight those on the faster tyre. Nico Hulkenberg in particular ended up in P12 at the line, with Adrian Sutil also ending up in a lacklustre P15. Kamui Kobayashi meanwhile finished ahead of Jules Bianchi, despite being on seven-lap old tyres.
Finally Guttierrez was the only driver to employ the two-stop strategy, which resulted in him finishing in 19th place, and Max Chilton ended his race on lap six after he rather embarrassingly launched his car off the kerbs and into the barrier down at the first chicane.