Slow Start Doesn’t Deter Hamilton

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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (middle) claimed his sixth win of 2014 on Sunday at Monza after passing teammate Nico Rosberg (far left) for the lead. Felipe Massa (right) finished third for Williams. (Steve Etherington Photo)
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (middle) claimed his sixth win of 2014 on Sunday at Monza after passing teammate Nico Rosberg (far left) for the lead. Felipe Massa (right) finished third for Williams. (Steve Etherington Photo)
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (middle) claimed his sixth win of 2014 on Sunday at Monza after passing teammate Nico Rosberg (far left) for the lead. Felipe Massa (right) finished third for Williams. (Steve Etherington Photo)

MONZA, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton fought back from a poor start to claim victory the Formula One Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday, beating championship leader and teammate Nico Rosberg to score his sixth win of the season.

Rosberg, who lost the lead after out-braking himself at the first chicane while under pressure from Hamilton, settled for second. He’s 22 points ahead of Hamilton after the runner-up finish.

“That was a perfect result,” Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff said. “It was very exciting, there was no touching (between Hamilton and Rosberg) but still some great racing.”

Felipe Massa was third for his first Williams podium, while teammate Valtteri Bottas recovered from a bad start to seal fourth ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo’s teammate, four-time defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel, was sixth. Force India’s Sergio Perez, McLaren’s Jenson Button, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen – who incurred a five-second penalty that dropped him from seventh.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso retired with a mechanical failure, his first mechanical retirement since 2009, when he was at Renault.