Motor racing: Rosberg wins in Italy to cut Hamilton's lead
By Alan Baldwin
MONZA, Italy (Reuters) - Germany's Nico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix for dominant Mercedes on Sunday to cut team mate Lewis Hamilton's Formula One world championship lead to two points with seven races remaining.
Triple world champion Hamilton, who had been on pole position as favorite to take his 50th career victory and third in a row at Monza, finished second after a slow start gifted Rosberg the race.
Rosberg's first victory at the historic circuit outside Milan was his seventh of the season, one more than Hamilton, and 21st of his career as well as second in a row after Belgium last weekend.
"I'm feeling great, the race is on with Lewis. It is always going to be a great battle and I look forward to what is to come," he said from the podium as an army of Ferrari fans flooded the pit straight.
The German also broke into Italian before attempting to win over the crowd with a rousing sing-along.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who mistakenly put on the winner's cap before the podium and handed it on to Rosberg, finished third to a much bigger roar from the fans yearning for a first Ferrari victory of the season at their home race.
Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo fifth for Red Bull in a race with little drama on the track but more atmosphere than most of the others combined off it.
Hamilton now has 250 points, Rosberg 248 with Singapore's night race the next destination. Continued...