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2011 Formula 1 : Vettel wins at Monza

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Sunday, September 11, 2011 | 8:01 AM


2011 F1 - Italian Grand Prix Winner : Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7

MONZA, Italy : September 11, 2011 - Sebastian Vettel dominated today's F1 2011 Italian Grand Prix and in the end easily swept to yet another win.



2011 F1 - Italian Grand Prix Winner : Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7

Vettel, who had qualified on pole, slipped to second at the start, when Fernando Alonso stormed up into the lead from fourth on the grid. Towards the back though, there was chaos after Vitantonio Liuzzi lost control and took out Vitaly Petrov and Nico Rosberg, bringing out the safety car.

On the re-start, Alonso maintained his position, but further back Lewis Hamilton was passed by Michael Schumacher - something that ended up compromising his whole afternoon.

Back to the front and on lap 5, Vettel re-took the lead from Alonso with a super brave move on the approach to the second chicane. After that the defending champion was never troubled and he eventually won by 9.5 seconds, to strengthen his grip on the F1 2011 drivers' title. Indeed Vettel is now so far ahead he could sow things up in Singapore in two weeks time.

Behind, with Schumacher holding up Hamilton, Button, after a poor start from third, was able to close up. Then when Hamilton was forced onto the grass by Schumacher on lap 16, Button took advantage to overtake his team-mate and then straight away take Schumi.

Button later closed on Alonso and passed the Spaniard for second on lap 36 after his final stop.

Alonso took the final place on the rostrum in front of Ferrari's home crowd, despite coming under late pressure from Hamilton, who had to be content with fourth.

Hamilton finally got by Schumacher on lap 28, when the German was warned over the radio by Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn that he needed to give Hamilton room at Ascari. Despite his feisty defence though, Schumacher's actions were not deemed sufficient to warrant any action from the stewards and the 42-year-old eventually finished fifth.

Felipe Massa completed the top six, having lost time when he was tapped by Mark Webber at the first corner on lap 5. That incident cost Webber his front wing and while the Aussie tried to limp back to the pits, he locked up a few corners later and crashed out.

Jaime Alguersuari had a great race from 18th and charged back to take seventh in his Toro Rosso, ahead of Force India's Paul di Resta and Bruno Senna, the latter scoring his very first F1 points. Sebastien Buemi was tenth.

2011 Formula 1 : Italian Gran Prix - Race Result

Pos
No
Driver
Team

Laps
Time/Retired
Grid
Pts
1
1
Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
53
1:20:46.172
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
NC
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

2011 Formula 1 : Drivers' Championship Standing

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
20
Pedro de la Rosa Spanish Sauber-Ferrari
0
21
Jarno Trulli Italian Lotus-Renault
0
22
Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Lotus-Renault
0
23
Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian HRT-Cosworth
0
24
Jerome d'Ambrosio Belgian Virgin-Cosworth
0
25
Timo Glock German Virgin-Cosworth
0
26
Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth
0
27
Daniel Ricciardo Australian HRT-Cosworth
0
28
Karun Chandhok Indian Lotus-Renault
0

2011 Formula 1 : Teams' Championship Standing

Pos
Team
Points
1
RBR-Renault
451
2
McLaren-Mercedes
325
3
Ferrari
254
4
Mercedes
108
5
Renault
70
6
Force India-Mercedes
36
7
Sauber-Ferrari
35
8
STR-Ferrari
29
9
Williams-Cosworth
5
10
Lotus-Renault
0
11
HRT-Cosworth
0
12
Virgin-Cosworth
0

[Source : F1-Official, McLAREN, SUPERSPORT.ZA, CRASH.NET]
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