Sebastian Vettel Dominates at Monza
Sebastian Vettel managed to hold onto his pole position start as the grid headed down into the first corner at Monza. The usual drama happened as the drivers piled in behind a heavy braking Vettel and contact was made.
Casualties of the first corner included Kimi Raikkonen who had a coming together with Sergio Perez. This caused him to pit for a new front wing.
It was Felipe Massa that got the best start managing to get up to second and a stunning overtake by his team mate Fernando Alonso over Mark Webber, got them both fighting near the front.
Paul Di Resta locked the front tyres smashing into the back of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean and had to retire, the first time he’d done that on the first lap of a Grand Prix. The incident was to be investigated by the stewards after the race.
By lap 8 Alonso had overtaken Massa for second and was on a charge to catch Vettel, who was now 3.6 seconds ahead.
Lewis Hamilton was having radio issues and struggling to communicate with his team, so they had to use the pit board to bring him in for his pitstop. Jean-Eric Vergne had to retire with engine failure as smoke billowed out the back of his Toro Rosso.
By lap 18 Vettel was still leading with a gap of 6.658 seconds between him and Alonso. Massa was following behind in third with Webber completing the Red Bull sandwich.
Nico Hulkenberg was still in the top ten after his impressive third in qualifying, although being hounded by Hamilton he struggled to keep the Brit behind who moved up to fifth. Hulkenberg then had another Mercedes, this time Nico Rosberg battling to get ahead. But a mistake by Rosberg at turn one saw him having to navigate the barriers on the run-off before getting back on track.
Webber was looking to make it a Red Bull one-two as he managed to get within 0.9 seconds of Alonso. But gearbox issues for both Red Bull drivers meant Vettel and Webber having to short-shift to the end of the race.
Celebrating their 50th annniversary, McLaren were having quite a quiet race with Jenson Button running in eighth and Perez two places behind, but after Romain Grosjean got past Button, a battle started to take place between the two McLaren drivers. But that didn’t last long as a hard-charging Hamilton got past Perez and then despatched Button to go ninth.
Sebastian Vettel took a fine win to spoil Ferrari’s party as Fernando Alonso took second, with Mark Webber taking his first podium at Monza in third
- Sebastian Vettel
- Fernando Alonso
- Mark Webber
- Felipe Massa
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Nico Rosberg
- Daniel Ricciardo
- Romain Grosjean
- Lewis Hamilton
- Jenson Button
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Sergio Perez
- Esteban Guterriez
- Pastor Maldonado
- Valtteri Bottas
- Adrian Sutil
- Charles Pic
- Giedo Van Der Garde
- Jules Bianchi
- Max Chilton