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2013-09-08 14:17

MONZA DELIGHT: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso (left), Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber celebrate on the podium at Monza on Sept 8 2013 after the Italian F1 GP. Vettel won from Alonso and Webber. Image: AFP

MONZA, Italy - All eyes were on Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton when the 2013 Italian F1 GP howled off the grid at Monza on Sunday after he fluffed qualifying to start a lowly 12th on the grid. Would he fight back to the front of the pack?

The first three places, in order, were taken by Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber - both Red Bull - and, surprisingly, Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg, with Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso fifth and sixth... time would tell how long things would stay that way.

Full results and points at end of story

As the lights changed on the world's fastest Grand Prix circuit Vettel held the lead with Massa up to second immediately, followed by Webber with Hamilton already up to 10th and Paul di Resta out already after early contact and heavy frontal damage.Hulkenberg is down to fifth.

It was Vettel's sixth win in Italy.


By lap nine the leading order was Vettel, Alonso, Mass and Webber with Huldenberg fifth and Hamilton 11th behind Jenson Button and the race seeming to settle down.

Vettel was still dominant by lap 11, 5.5sec ahead of Alonso, with Button and Hamilton still  line astern in 10th and 11th and telemetry reporting Hamilton with a slow puncture on one of his 'hard' tyres. Will he make the pits? He's having radio trouble and earlier could not be heard by his pit - which was was awaiting his arrival and had been for more than two minutes and the race on lap 13.

He finally saw a pit board and came in, returning to the race 19th on fresh rubber, moving quickly up to 16th and still out of radio contact. Lap 39 and he's in, coming out behind Raikkonen and back down to 14th.

LAP 21

Vettel is still leading, 5.8sec ahead of Alonso, followed still by Massa, Webber, Hulkenberg, Rosberg, Ricciardo and Perez. Hamilton is up another place to 15th with pit stops starting for most drivers. On lap 24 Vettel comes in, with Webber following and the two returning to the race fifth and ninth as Hamilton record the race's fastest lap at 1min28.0 and Alonso leading but about to pit.

Lap 30, and Alonso's brief lead is over as Vettel comes back and the order now Vettel, Alonso, Webber, Massa, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and, in 7th, Hamilton but 17sec off the lead but will he need another pit stop after his unscheduled tyre change early in the race? He's was still posting fastest laps by lap 38 and out of radio contact - passing the pits despite a 'box' call.

Lap 39 and he was in for tyres, and back out behind Kimi Raikkonen in 14th with the front four back to Vettel, Alonso, Webber and Massa who is 15sec back from the leader.

LAP 45

The race focus, given the leaders are now clear to the finish, remains on Hamilton and his battle with Raikkonen and, up front, between Alonso and Webber in second and third though there's nearly a second between them. Hamilton finally made it through on lap 49 after some nail-bitingly close calls and got up behind the two McLarens, his aim to get into the points.

Three to go and Hamilton soars past Jenson Button to make ninth - with little resistance from Button and Hamilton on full kers.

Last laps and Hamilton does a 25.8 fastest lap and heading for eighth... or even seventh.

And it's the last lap with the final order Vettel, Alonso, Webber, Massa, Hulkenberg, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Grosjean, Hamilton and 10th Button.

Result from the 2013 Italian F1 GP at Monza
1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1hr18min33.352
2 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +5.467sec
3 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull +6.350
4 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari +9.361
5 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Sauber +10.355
6 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +10.999
7 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso +32.329
8 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus +33.130
9 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes +33.527
10 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +38.327
11 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus +38.695
12 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren +39.765
13 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber +40.880
14 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams +49.085
15 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams +56.827
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India +1 lap
17 Charles Pic (France) Caterham +1 lap
18 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham +1 lap
19 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia +1 lap
20 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia +1 lap

Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 39 laps
Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 53 laps

Fastest lap: Lewis Hamilton 1:25.849, lap 51.

Drivers' and Constructors' points after the 2013 Monza F1 GP

1 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 222
2 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 169
3 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 141
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 134
5 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 130
6 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 104
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 79
8 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 57
9 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 48
10 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 36
11 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 25
12 Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 18
13 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 18
14 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber 17
15 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 13
16 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1
17 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 0
18 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 0
19 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 0
20 Charles Pic (France) Caterham 0
21 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 0
22 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 0

1 Red Bull 352
2 Ferrari 248
3 Mercedes 245
4 Lotus 191
5 McLaren 66
6 Force India 61
7 Toro Rosso 31
8 Sauber 17
9 Williams 1
10 Marussia 0
11 Caterham 0
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