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Posted By: James Allen  |  08 Sep 2013   |  11:58 pm GMT  |  227 comments

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?

Sebastian Vettel

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.

Fernando 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.

Mark Webber

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.

Felipe Massa

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.

Nico Hulkenberg

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.

So who was your Driver of the Day? Leave a comment at the bottom of this story.

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Lets construct the typical 2013 starting grid:

S. Vettel L.Hamilton

N.Rosberg K. Raikonnen

F.Alonso M Webber

F. Massa R. Grosjean

J. Button P. Di Resta

To me Hulkenberg only got IN because Hamilton and Raikonnen made space,so my vote is for Hamilton who had a punture and still got into the points.


oh dear! looks like i’ve upset someone with heavily padded palms, sorry.

Alexander Supertramp

Hulkenberg. He did what he couldn’t do in Brazil last year, i.e. keep his act together like a top driver for the whole race. Great defensive tactics on Rosberg.



Can’t believe he’s not on your short list James. He wasn’t driver of the weekend ’cause he fluffed his lines on Saturday, but no-one drove a better race on Sunday. How dull would this race have been without him (and Paul’s crash on the first lap).


Lewis Hamilton

Sintilating drive…..


Vettel for his driving class and supremacy when it mattered most and Nico as well!


Daniel Ric did pretty well!!



Why was Vettle’s red light flashing for the whole race, I thought that it only came on when the car was set for inter/wet running mode. Is it legal to have it on during full dry conditions as I can imagine it being a big distraction to anyone behind


Very good question, to which I’m trying to get the answer


Felipe Massa


Driver of the Weekend:

Nico Hulkenberg. Das ist ganz klar.

Driver of the Day:

Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

They were by far the quickest. They got far more pace out of the car than either of their teammates. If not for their early race problems, they would have been on the podium.


I want to say Hamilton; did excellently on the stint before his last tyre change, scything through the field to catch-up and pass his team-mate.

So disappointing that even a fast tyre change drops a driver so far back into the field that they have to do the work all again.

So anyway, I will go for joint Webber and Hulkenberg.

Mark because he finally got a good start, did not let the inevitable system failure faze his drive in the slightest, and achieved a podium on his last European F1 race.

Nico because he got the Sauber up as far as he did with an overwhelming drive that Nico Rosberg was either unable to, or unwilling to, challenge.

COTD, or Comment of the Day, goes to the original poster who nominated Paul Di Resta for that collision.

Class. 🙂

Thread the Needle



Hulk for best driver and to take the Ferrari seat. Sorry Massa your time is up!!


Hulk for sure

in a Sauber from 2013 not 2012 or 2008


Hulk, stunning drive in a car which is exactly the opposite of a Red Bull; utter shit.


Undoubtedly Vettel followed by “The Hulk”.




Hulkenberg, lets face it no one else came close to delivering on that level.


Vettel did a fantastic job but I am going for Hulkenberg this time

Webber was silly. Wanted to attack his teammate and then gave his place to Alonso without a fight..

Surprising still people are voting Alonso. This guy couldn’t qualify without his team mate. Team mate had to tow him and got him a tenth but still was beaten by him. Then shamelessly got his team mate to move away so he could be on the podium. Can’t qualify or score points without his team mate. Imagine if Webber had to do all that crap for Vettel. People would have attempted harakiri.

As for Massa, he is nothing but a loser. How long does he want to play bridesmaid for someone who is not going to be a world champion?


Sebastian Vettel, the one finger master and the multi 21 destroyer. Can’t believe I’m voting for him.


Losers of the day has to go to Ferrari team for keeping Alonso out so long. He was making half a second on Vettel cutting his lead down to 5 second. Stays out 4 laps longer and the lead is now 10 seconds with Webber on his tail. Bad bad strategy considering what Massa did. Letting Alonso through and then playing a fantastic 2nd keeping a big gap from Webber to Alonso.


Totally agree. What were they thinking of?


We need more wet races to determine true DotD. On dry there is nothing to assess. Boring red bull flies to both titles while all others are losers on the grid observing it.


Vettel is showing them all the way. He makes it look so easy. It is going to be a long character building end of season for his main rivals.

I feel for Massa. He is driving at Ferrari because of Alonso. I advice the Hulk to go to Lotus if he ever wants to grow into a world champion. Ferrari is going to destroy his career by modeling him into Alonso’s wing man.

Kimi to Ferrari I’d say. As a one time world champion he has the mental strength to do things his way. I can’t imagine him towing Alonso’s car though … but hey, Alonso is a great enough driver to make his own luck.


Has to be Vettel. Virtually flawless all weekend aside from his lock up at the start. He managed quite a few car problems and still blew everyone away. His quality this season is up with Schumacher of 2002.

Only something dodgy happening will stop him now.


1: Hulkenberg.

2: Alonso.

3: Vettel

4: Massa/Ricciardo/Hamilton.

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