Nico Rosberg victorious in Italy as Hamilton fails to launch

Despite taking pole, Lewis Hamilton had a shocking start to the Italian Grand Prix, handing Nico Rosberg (and several opponents) track position into the first corner. Rosberg was untroubled in his run to the flag, and Hamilton easily dispensed with Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas until strategy got him past the Ferraris and into P2.

Heading to Singapore after the "European Season", Rosberg has closed the gap to just 2 points arresting momentum from Hamilton at the stage of the season that has traditionally been his strongest. 

In a race devoid of highlights Daniel Ricciardo pulled off the overtake of the season, wrestling the adjective "Verstappen-esque" back from his teammate to take Bottas into turn 1 under breaking. 

The passionate Italian crowd voiced their displeasure at seeing the Mercedes drivers on top of the podium, but the sight of Vettel on the third step gave them someone to cheer about. Red Bull still seem to have an advantage over Ferrari, which will be tested heading into the high-downforce tracks.