Rosberg wins in Italy to cut Hamilton’s lead

Britain Formula One - F1 - British Grand Prix 2016 - Silverstone, England - 9/7/16 Mercedes' Nico Rosberg during practice Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic

MONZA, Italy – 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.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished third and fourth at the team’s home race with Australian Daniel Ricciardo fifth for Red Bull.

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