Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton, who had been on pole position as favourite to take his 50th career victory and third in a row at Monza, finished second on Sunday following a poor start gifted team-mate Nico Rosberg the race.
Rosberg’s first victory at the historic Monza circuit and 21st of his Formula 1 career as well as second in a row following Belgium last weekend.
“To be honest, I said that [it was my fault] to reassure my engineers who I knew would be feeling nervous,” Hamilton 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.”
The championship leader Rosberg was thrilled with his first Monza top podium and following being booed onto the podium, he won the crowd over by speaking and singing 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.”