Sebastian Vettel dominates Italian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel at Monza

Sebastian Vettel at Monza

Sebastian Vettel has completely dominated the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, winning comfortably ahead of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.

At the track where the German driver won his first Formula One race, Vettel was a class above his rivals, scoring a 10 second victory.

The only major threat came in the opening laps when Ferrari hero Alonso launched well from fourth on the grid to first. Vettel quickly readdressed his position at the front and was not touched.

Vettel’s win puts him a whooping 112 points ahead of Alonso in the title and means that he could wrap up the title at the next round in Singapore.

Vettel’s Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber had a race he’ll prefer to forget. An early collision with Felipe Massa saw the front wing torn off the Australia’s car.

The other Australian, Daniel Ricciardo (HRT F1), failed to get his car off the line. The team eventually got his car going, finishing 14 laps off the leader.

Ricciardo’s team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi caused excitement at the first corner fo the race when he wildly spun onto the grass, sliding into Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) and Vitaly Petrov (Renault).

Michael Schumacher got his fair share of television coverage, thanks to a great start, and his persistent attempts to keep those behind at bay.

The seven-time world champ raced hard with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton for much of the race. After passing and repassing on a number of occasions, Hamilton eventually finished fourth ahead of Schumacher.

Rounding out the top 10 was Massa, Jamie Alguersuari (Toro Rosso), Paul di Resta (Force Inda), Bruno Senna (Renault) and Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso).

The next round of the world title will be held on the Singapore streets in two weeks time.

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 53 Winner 1 25
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 53 +9.5 secs 3 18
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 53 +16.9 secs 4 15
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 53 +17.4 secs 2 12
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 53 +32.6 secs 8 10
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 53 +42.9 secs 6 8
7 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 18 6
8 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 11 4
9 9 Bruno Senna Renault 52 +1 Lap 10 2
10 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 16 1
11 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 14
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 13
13 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 51 +2 Laps 20
14 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 51 +2 Laps 19
15 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 21
Ret 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 39 +14 Laps 23
Ret 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 32 +21 Laps 15
Ret 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 21 +32 Laps 17
Ret 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 9 +44 Laps 12
Ret 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 4 +49 Laps 5
Ret 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1 +52 Laps 22
Ret 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 0 Accident 7
Ret 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0 Accident 9
Ret 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 0 Accident 24

World Championship points

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 284
2 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 172
3 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 167
4 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault 167
5 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 158
6 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 82
7 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 56
8 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes 52
9 Vitaly Petrov Russian Renault 34
10 Nick Heidfeld German Renault 34
11 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Sauber-Ferrari 27
12 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 24
13 Jaime Alguersuari Spanish STR-Ferrari 16
14 Sebastien Buemi Swiss STR-Ferrari 13
15 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 12
16 Sergio Perez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 8
17 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Williams-Cosworth 4
18 Bruno Senna Brazilian Renault 2
19 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Cosworth 1

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