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Published: 15:25 | 4/9/16

Hamilton blames start for Rosberg victory


Lewis Hamilton has claimed he 'doesn't know what went wrong" after a disastrous start saw him hand the initiative to Nico Rosberg in the Italian GP at Monza.

The Mercedes driver started on pole but only stuttered into life at the start of the race, heading into the first corner way back in sixth place.

Although the three-time drivers' champion was able to claw his way back up the places, he never looked in a position to threaten Rosberg's leadership of the race, eventually finishing 15secs behind his team-mate and rival.

"To be honest, I said that [it was my fault] to reassure my engineers who I knew would be feeling nervous," he said.

"I don’t know what happened, l did everything as normal. I did the sequence exactly the same. I just got lots of wheel spin.

"I could see Nico pulling away and l knew from quite an early stage that winning the race would not be possible. Second was the best l could do after the start l got.

"It was a pretty simple weekend compared to the last one, obviously the start decided the race then it was just about trying to get back up to second,

"Nico was pulling away and having a breezy roll up there, and he did a great job."

Rosberg meanwhile was thrilled with his win and after being booed onto the podium, he won the crowd over by speaking directly to them in Italian.

"It is a very special day for me, I'm very happy to finally win here," he said. "You guys are unbelievable, thank you very much and I'm going to enjoy this day.

"It was all down to the start, I had an awesome start and it was all from there.

"I feel a part of me is Italian because I have a lot of friends and grew up with the culture so it's special."

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