Tough Italian GP for Mercedes-AMG Petronas

After what was arguably their worst qualifying session in the entire year, the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team didn't fair a whole lot batter in the race either.
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Nico Rosberg finished the Monza GP in the same spot he had started it, sixth, while trouble-magnet Lewis Hamilton managed to finish in ninth place after starting from 12th, despite both Mercedes-AMG F1 cars having a rather quick pace compared to last couple of races.

Nico Rosberg: “This hasn’t been one of our best weekends and it feels like everything was a little compromised from the outset. It’s a real shame as the pace of the car looked really good in the race but we weren’t able to take full advantage because of the issues from yesterday. It’s so important here to feel comfortable with the set-up and I wasn’t able to get the car as I wanted after losing the time in third practice. I tried everything to overtake Nico for the extra place today but he was very quick at the end and it didn’t work out. Now we’ll look forward to Singapore in a couple of weeks. I love street circuits so hopefully that will be a better weekend for us.”

Lewis Hamilton: “That was a difficult weekend for me but these things happen and you have to say that it’s been a good year so far. I gave it my all out there today; the pace of the car was great but unfortunately we paid the price for not qualifying far enough up the field. My radio failed right at the start of the race and it’s really tough when that happens as you rely on the advice and information from the team to manage your race. I didn’t even know about the slow puncture until after the race so now it makes more sense why we had to make the extra stop. I did have some fun this afternoon, particularly fighting with Kimi. It’s just tough fighting so far down the field when our car was clearly really quick. We’ll keep pushing together as a team and I know that we’ll bounce back for Singapore. We’ll be giving it everything to make up for this weekend with a stronger performance there.”

Taking all adversities into account, Hamilton still managed the fastest lap of the Italian Grand Prix, while Rosberg's single pit stop was also the race's fastest pit lane time of 24.079. Too bad neither of those records doesn't bring any points, because the Mercedes-AMG Petronas has dropped to third place in the Constructor's Championship, three points behind Ferrari.
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