Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel extended his lead at the top of the championship with a dominant victory in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took his fourth podium in as many years at Monza while Red Bull’s Mark Webber completed the podium in his last F1 race in Europe.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa delivered a strong drive to fourth place while Nico Hulkenberg rounded off a brilliant weekend with fifth for Sauber – but who was your Driver of the Day?
Led away from pole position and was never threatened as he took his sixth win of the season. Made a good start, but locked the front tyres into the first corner and picked up a flat spot. Nursed the car through the first stint and then slowly built a gap. Had gearbox trouble but managed the problem to run away at the front and take his 32nd career victory. Extended his lead in the championship to 53 points over Alonso.
Drove another strong race but failed to challenge Vettel for victory. Got away cleanly to move into fourth place. Put a good move on Webber at the second chicane and then eased past his team-mate into second. From there he was unable to catch Vettel while maintaining a comfortable gap over Webber in third. Lost more ground to Vettel in the title race but remains the German’s closest rival.
Had a bad start but recovered to take his first podium at Monza. Found himself behind both Ferraris in the early stages, but pitted a lap earlier than Massa which proved vital in helping him leapfrog the Brazilian. From there he had a relatively quiet race, unable to making any inroads on Alonso in second while comfortably building a gap to Massa in fourth. Secured his fourth podium of the season with third.
Made an explosive start and drove a strong race to finish fourth. Made two places at the start and even had a look at a move on leader Vettel at the first corner. Settled into a good rhythm before dropping a place to team-mate Alonso. Lost out to Webber during the stops. Started to catch Webber in the closing stages but ran out of laps. Finished fourth – his best finish since the Spanish Grand Prix in May – to give him hope of retaining his drive at Ferrari.
Built on a brilliant qualifying with an impressive drive to fifth. Dropped two places at the start to run fifth but from there showed good pace and was comfortably the best of the rest behind the Red Bulls and Ferraris. Held off sustained pressure from Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes in the closing stages to finish fifth for Sauber’s best finish of the season.
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