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Sebastian Vettel claimed his sixth victory of the year in a race comparable to the theme of the 2011 season. The German beat home Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber, with an assured victory.

The typical sun-soaked setting of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza went missing for race day as the threat of rain lingered around the circuit, only making a small appearance during the GP2 sprint race a couple of hours before.

Spectators’ brollies were set to cover the grandstands, eager by the prospect of an interesting race. However the prayers for rain went unanswered as Vettel notched up his 32nd win of his F1 career, equalling the tally of second-placed finisher and crowd favourite, Fernando Alonso.

Mark Webber finally made an appearance on Monza’s unique podium in his last race on European soil, while Nico Hulkenberg surprised many by finishing a season-best fifth after his Saturday qualifying heroics.

Vettel got a clean getaway along with teammate Webber, although the two were too busy fighting each other to the corner that Massa was able to sneak into second past Webber.

The Retifillio chicane claimed its traditional first-lap victim, this time with Kimi Raikkonen hitting the back of Sergio Perez’s McLaren under braking. Neither would finish in the points.

Massa made his case to keep his seat next year by finishing 5th, while Romain Grosjean salvaged Lotus some points after Kimi Raikkonen was involved in a first lap incident with Sergio Perez, causing him to make an unscheduled stop for a new front wing.

Paul di Resta was the talking point for the rest of the first lap as he out-braked himself and ran into the back of Grosjean, damaging his suspension and ending his race early.

Lewis Hamilton provided some much needed entertainment towards the end of the race by chasing down Raikkonen and the two McLarens, but had technical difficulties with his pit radio earlier on, making an already tough race more difficult as he copped a slow puncture, and stayed out two laps more than the team wanted him to.

As Vettel started to take a commanding lead of over nine seconds, Vergne was the next retiree of the race, pulling his smoky Toro Rosso off the circuit when his transmission exploded.

Just as all seemed to be going smoothly for Red Bull, Webber received a message telling him to short-shift between second and third gear. A few laps later Vettel received the same message but for fourth and fifth gear. It was a potentially worrying problem for the outfit, as both gearboxes have another race to last before they can be changed. And with the streets of Singapore next up, the gearboxes will be put through a strenuous test of over 70 gear changes per lap.

There were encouraging signs for Daniel Ricciardo; a best lap of 1:27.294 saw him only a tenth of a second off his future teammate’s fastest lap.

2013 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Final Classification (53 laps):

Driver Team Laps Result
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 53 1:18:33.352
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 53 + 5.467
3. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 53 + 6.350
4. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 53 + 9.361
5. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 53 + 10.355
6. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 53 + 10.999
7. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 53 + 32.329
8. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 53 + 33.130
9. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 53 + 33.527
10. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 53 + 38.327
11. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 53 + 38.695
12. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 53 + 39.765
13. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 53 + 40.880
14. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 53 + 49.085
15. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 53 + 56.827
16. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 52 Brakes
17. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 52 1 lap behind
18. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 52 1 lap behind
19. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 52 1 lap behind
20. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 52 1 lap behind
Not Classified   Laps Result
DNF. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 14 Transmission
DNF. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 0 Collision

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