Taking place on September 6th 2015, the Italian Grand Prix was definitely an event everyone in the world of motor sporting was looking forward to. Among these was Lewis Hamilton who exuded confidence from the very start claiming that he could handle whatever could be thrown at him. This statement prior to the race seemed to have foreseen the turn of events. Two and half hours after the race was flagged off, the Briton was at the finish line, but his win would be disputed by the stewards blaming it on the manufacturers of the car he was driving; Mercedes. He however proved to remain true to his words and remained calm to the very end when the stewards finally declared his win genuine. How did all this unfold?
The pastures begun to seem green at the very beginning of the Italian Grand Prix with Hamilton leading in all practice sessions, all qualifying sessions and was almost assured of the lead in the final race. To add further to his luck was the hardship his chief competitor had to deal with. Nico Rosberg’s engine blew up just two laps from the end helping Hamilton gunner a whopping 53-point lead over him. Rosberg crossed the finish line sixth and later declared it his worst loss in a day. Others could neither match Hamilton’s pace with the front-row starter Kimi Raikkonen falling to the very back of the field. Just behind the reigning world champion came Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel but this was not until 25 seconds later despite having a car with an improved engine like the champion. Felipe Massa came in third 20 seconds after Vettel.
This was Lewis Hamilton’s 40th victory in his career and the seventh this season and it came with its share of difficulties. The most commonly discussed is the new rule that was announced in this edition of the Grand Prix. FIA just decided that it is important to measure the tire pressure on the grid which is required to be below a certain value for both safety and fairness to all in the competition. According to the reports, Hamilton’s and Rosenberg’s car readings were found to be below the minimum limit by 0.3psi and 1.1psi respectively. With such a possible breach that could earn them a disqualification, Mercedes had to do the best possible to ensure their contender got an upper hand. The expected penalty would be a time penalty and to avoid this Hamilton’s race engineer Pete Bonnington told him to speed up with no explanation towards the end. This generated some confusion in the cockpit, but Hamilton obliged stretching his lead to give him the 25-second lead he got over Vettel.
Nothing can be worse than winning a race only for the win to be declared null and void. Though Lewis Hamilton did not seem worried about the verdict, it surely was a tense afternoon before the final announcement. This came at 5:48 p.m when the stewards gave their verdict declaring that all safety measures had been adhered to by Mercedes. The tire pressure had fallen due to tire blankets being off while on the grid. And with that, the winner of the day was crowned with raised hopes of bagging similar trophies in the remaining seven races.