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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, September 8, 2014
MONZA --- First it was physical
Now it s turning into a psycho-
The fierce rivalry between the Mer-
cedes teammates dominating Formula
One took a new turn yesterday when
Lewis Hamilton pressured Nico Ros-
berg into a mistake and overtook him
to win the Italian Grand Prix.
"You have to be prepared for the
unexpected," Hamilton said. "I m
quite grateful for today that I didn t
lose it, didn t crash into anyone on
that first corner. ... I managed to keep
At the Belgian GP two weeks ago,
Rosberg finished second after crashing
into Hamilton early and sending his
teammate out of the incident-packed
race --- resulting in disciplinary meas-
ures from Mercedes and a reportedly
hefty fine for Rosberg.
The key event this time came on
lap 29 of 53 as Hamilton had recov-
ered from a poor start to pull up right
into Rosberg s rear-view mirrors.
Feeling Hamilton s presence
behind him, Rosberg braked hard
and drove straight through the Monza
circuit s first chicane at the end of
the main straightaway.
Rosberg was slowed as he had to
slalom through obstacles on the
escape road, while all Hamilton had
to do was stay on the track and he
easily passed Rosberg.
Hamilton then cruised to his sec-
ond win in Monza, his sixth victory
of the season and the 28th of his
Formula One career.
"Lewis was quick so I needed to
up my pace and as a result I made
a mistake," Rosberg said. "It was very
bad and that lost me the lead in the
end. It s definitely very disappoint-
Rosberg made the same mistake
earlier in the race.
"It s not like many other races I ve
seen with Nico. He rarely made mis-
takes and two today in the same
place," Mercedes executive director
Toto Wolff said. "Nico was under
massive pressure from Lewis and
Lewis deserved the win today.
Hamilton cut Rosberg s champi-
onship lead from 29 to 22 points with
six races remaining.
Rosberg crossed 3.1 seconds
behind, and Felipe Massa of Williams
was third, a distant 21.8 seconds
Valtteri Bottas in the other
Williams finished fourth and Daniel
Ricciardo of Red Bull was fifth.
Hamilton started the season
strongly by winning four of the open-
ing five races then had a series of
problems which allowed Rosberg to
take over control of the champi-
onship. Now, Rosberg is the one hav-
While they are both 29, Hamilton
has more experience. He won the F1
title in 2008 by one point ahead of
"If you want to be a world cham-
pion you have to go through lows
and highs," Wolff said. "You need
extreme mental strength to make it
to the end and win the championship
and I think both of them have that
LAGOS DE COVADONGA --- Przemyslaw Niemiec of
Poland won the mountainous 15th stage of the Spanish
Vuelta, while Alberto Contador kept the overall lead for
a fifth consecutive day yesterday.
Niemiec, riding for Lampre Merida, won the 152-kilo-
metre (94-mile) ride starting in Oviedo and finishing at
the Lagos de Covadonga special-category peak in 4 hours,
11 minutes, 9 seconds.
The final ascent led to several attacks among the leading
pack of Contador, Alejandro Valverde, Chris Froome and
Joaquim Rodriguez, but resulted in only minor changes
at the top of the overall standings.
Valverde, who finished second along with Rodriguez
five seconds behind Niemiec, chipped Contador s lead
down to 31 seconds heading into today s stage --- a 160.5-
kilometre (99.7-mile) ride from San Martin del Rey Aurelio
to La Farrapona featuring five category-one climbs.
"The legs felt well today, but tomorrow s stage is tremen-
dous, hellish," said Valverde. "It will be really hard, and
I just hope that strength stays with us."
Chris Froome and Joaquim Rodriguez remained 1 minute,
20 seconds behind.
The 21-stage race ends at Santiago de Compostela on
Contador leads after 15th stage
Battle of wits: Hamilton
wins as Rosberg cracks
Britain's Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the
podium flanked second place and teammate
Germany's Nico Rosberg after taking his
Mercedes racer to victory in the Italian
Formula One Grand Prix at the Monza
racetrack, in Monza, Italy , yesterday. AP PHOTO
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