Red Bull F1 driver Sebastian Vettel has easily won the Italian Grand Prix at the historic Monza circuit.
The Red Bull driver, who now leads the standings by 112 points from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with six races outstanding, took the checkered flag ahead of Jenson Button in a McLaren and Alonso.
It was Vettel’s 18th career victory. His first win, in 2008, was also at Monza, but in a Toro Rosso car.
“The circuit means a lot to me and has been very special,” he said. Referring to his first victory here, he added, “When I crossed the line I remembered every bit of it.”
“It was an emotional win today. This circuit means such a lot to me and is very special. I had my first win here, so when I crossed the line I remembered every single bit of it. The podium is absolutely unbelievable here; when you stand up there you feel blessed, as it doesn’t happen to many people. There are so many people underneath and you can see them all coming, even from Curva Grande – it’s just unbelievable. This circuit has been tough for us for the last two years and so… to come back this year and win! The car was amazing in qualifying yesterday and in the race today it was even better. The start was not that good, Fernando was suddenly there and I didn’t know where he was coming from – it took me a while to see we were three going into Turn 1. I kept second place and then after the restart, I was able to pass Alonso. He didn’t give me much room there, but it was just enough, so it was very enjoyable. It was a great race for us. As it’s 150 years for Italian Unity also, I think it makes it special for every one here, so thank you to all the fans.”
Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) was fourth after being held up in the first half of the race by Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) who finished fifth. They were followed by Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and a lap behind were Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso), Paul di Resta (Force India), Bruno Senna (Renault) and Sébastien Buemi (Toro Rosso).
Such is Vettel’s lead, if things go his way he could wrap up the title at the next round in Singapore. Currently he is 112 points clear with 284. Alonso moved to second place today with 172, with Button and Webber third on 167 and Hamilton fifth with 158.