The 2015 Italian Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton cruise to his seventh victory of the season, despite much post-race drama. His Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg retired with a blown engine, turning it into a mixed day for the Brackley based squad. The Ferrari drivers also had contrasting fortunes while Williams finished third and fourth in the race.
Mercedes - A nerve racking time on both sides of the garage. An engine and Nico's title hopes went up in smoke. Lewis's domination was similar to that of Juan Pablo Montoya exactly a decade ago and 25 points go a long way to bagging his third world championship.
Ferrari - A potential home win began and ended at a standstill, for Raikkonen at least. Vettel gave a chase but showed no threat and should Rosberg had made the finish, he would have likely been demoted to third. Kimi was, however, arguably the driver of the day and fought valiantly to a strong P5 after been last in the early stages. On a track like Singapore with low speed, expect another victory to come from the Scuderia.
Red Bull - Flashes of brilliance from Daniel Ricciardo at turns 4-5 on Sergio Perez showed what that if he had the competitive car from last season or a Mercedes engine, he would be up winning races. Kyvat performed a competitive drive and kept out of trouble even if it was a far from spectacular drive, as a great man said "to finish first, first you must finish" and even if this car is not going to win, Kvyat does finish. Just remember, Renault are gone next year so every cloud...
Force India - Not much to say, nothing spectacular and nothing embarrassing, just a strong haul to move them ahead of Lotus in the constructors. A standard day at the midfield office.
Williams - The best team result in the race with Massa heading Bottas home by 0.3 seconds. Had the pit stops been the other way around and Bottas came in first, he would've beaten Felipe to the podium. Also, Williams have now all but secured 3rd in the constructors championship and they fully deserve it. Bring on 2016 now for them
Toro Rosso - The two rookies showed great experience in the race with both drivers coming through the field and defending like top class champions and should Ferrari opt for Verstappen in 2017, they will be in safe hands with the Dutchman flying in a tough to handle the Renault-powered car. Carlos Sainz may have rally pedigree, however, he seems very firm on keeping his wheels on Tarmac and the asphalt gave him good grip and speed again compared to his rivals.
McLaren - We may well be deep into the season, yet we still cannot underestimate a double classified finish - a good duel between Alonso and Button gave McLaren good airtime in the 15th place battle. Despite Honda woes, we need to see 2016's engine and I think we should admire them for adding a new engine in.
Manor - A double finish shows they are one of the more reliable teams on the grid. However, lack of developments on the car mean the squad is quite a way off the midfield. Only a new car in 2016 can change the fortunes for the British team.
Lotus - Romain Grosjean went from hero to zero. Suspension breakage cost him big time as a podium in Belgium became a lap in Italy. We'd love to see Grosjean on the podium again this season but Singapore will be a struggle and we don't know if they've got the budget to make much more. For Maldonado, however, it was zero to zero. Actually no. He went from (-)10 to (-)10,000 as another impact with a kerb led to his retirement.
by Matthew Ganon