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2015-09-06 18:27

STORMING RACE: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his trophy on the podium after winning the Italian GP at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza. Image:AFP/ Andreas Solaro

MONZA, Italy - Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff admitted to relief on Sunday (September 6) evening after a long and crucial meeting with the stewards.

Lewis Hamilton's Monza victory was in doubt because Pirelli, supported by the FIA, found on the grid that his tyre was 0.3 PSI under the new mandatory limit.


Apparently a clear technical breach, with both performance and safety implications, many in the paddock had expected the British driver to be disqualified.

But after a long wait, the FIA finally announced that Hamilton can keep his win.

A statement read: "The stewards have determined that the pressure in the tyres concerned were at the minimum start pressure recommended by Pirelli when they were fitted to the car," a statement read.

Read: 2015 Italian GP: As it happened

It added that Mercedes had set the pressures "supervised by the tyre manufacturer", and therefore recommended that the protocols for ensuring actual race-start pressure are improved for the future.

The statement went on to say: "The stewards recommend that the tyre manufacturer and the FIA hold further meetings to provide clear guidance to the teams on measurement protocols."

Mercedes confirmed the news via their official Twitter feed:

2015 Italian GP classification

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:18:00.688
2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari +00:25.042
3. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams  00:47.635
4. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams  00:47.996
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 01:08.860
6. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 01:12.783
7. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 1 lap
8. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull 1 lap
9. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 1 lap
10. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull  1 lap
11. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1 lap
12. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1 lap
13. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1 lap
14. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1 lap
15. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 2 laps
16. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 2 laps
17. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 3 laps (retired)
18. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 6 laps (retired)
Pastor Maldonado. (Venezuela) Lotus 52 laps (retired)
Romain Grosjean. (France) Lotus 52 laps (retired)

Driver and constructor standings

Drivers points

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 252
2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 199
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 178
4. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 97
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 92
6. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 91
7. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 58
8. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 55
9. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 38
10. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 33
11. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 30
12. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 26
13. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 16
14. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 12
15. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 11
16. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 9
17. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 9
18. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 6
19. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 0
20. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 0

Constructors Points

1. Mercedes 451
2. Ferrari 270
3. Williams 188
4. RedBull 113
5. Force India 63
6. Lotus 50
7. Toro Rosso 35
8. Sauber 25
9. McLaren 17
10.Marussia 0

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