SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS ANOTHER ITALIAN GRAND PRIX!
Red Bull completed a double podium, with Vettel winning ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in second place and Mark Webber in third.
It was an easy win for Vettel from pole position, his third as Monza, and extends his FIA F1 2013 World Drivers’ Championship lead.
Behind the podium trio of race winner Vettel, runner-up Alonso and third-placed Webber came Felipe Massa in fourth for Ferrari.
Nico Hulkenberg took fifth place for Sauber with Mercedes ace Nico Rosberg sixth. Then came Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso and Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, with the top 10 completed by a fast finishing Hamilton and Jenson Button.
SEBASTIAN VETTEL: “It’s fantastic to win this event again. I just managed to make turn one! I locked the front right and it just didn’t seem to come back. I had a big flat spot, which I felt straight away and I wasn’t sure if the tyre would survive, but fortunately I managed to make it round and have a strong first stint. I pushed straight away to get a bit of a gap, in case we had to stop early and change to a two-stop strategy. We had a gearbox issue and I had to short shift, which meant we dropped some time in the straights – but I tried to make it up in the corners. It’s great to finish on the top step. The podium here is always very passionate. We are in Italy and when you walk around outside the track, you see Ferrari clothing and merchandise in all the shops starting from the smallest sizes upwards; it’s part of their DNA, which I understand. It was great for the Tifosi to have Fernando on the podium today. The season is going well and we’re pushing hard, but we take each race as it comes. We’re looking forward to Singapore next, which I want to finish; I think it’s the toughest race we have all year.”
PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS. The Italian Grand Prix Monza, Italy; 53 laps; 306.720km; Weather: Cloudy. Classified: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h18m33.352 2. Alonso Ferrari + 5.4 3. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 6.3 4. Massa Ferrari + 9.3 5. Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari + 10.3 6. Rosberg Mercedes + 10.9 7. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 32.3 8. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 33.1 9. Hamilton Mercedes + 33.5 10. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 38.3 11. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 38.6 12. Perez McLaren-Mercedes + 39.7 13. Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari + 40.8 14. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 49.0 15. Bottas Williams-Renault + 56.8 16. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap 17. Perez McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap 18. van der Garde Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 19. Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 20. Chilton Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap Fastest lap: Hamilton, 1:25.849 Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 35 Di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1 World Championship standings, round 12: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 222 1. Red Bull-Renault 352 2. Alonso 169 2. Ferrari 248 3. Hamilton 141 3. Mercedes 245 4. Raikkonen 134 4. Lotus-Renault 191 5. Webber 130 5. McLaren-Mercedes 66 6. Rosberg 104 6. Force India-Mercedes 61 7. Massa 79 7. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 31 8. Grosjean 57 8. Sauber-Ferrari 17 9. Button 48 9. Williams-Renault 1 10. Di Resta 36 11. Sutil 25 12. Perez 18 13. Ricciardo 18 14. Hulkenberg 17 15. Vergne 13 16. Maldonado 1