Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won the Italian Grand Prix today to extend his lead in the Formula One drivers’ standings.
It was Vettel’s sixth win from 12 races so far this season, the 32nd victory of his career and his third at Monza. The 26-year-old German is seeking a fourth consecutive Formula One drivers’ title.
Vettel, starting from pole position, controlled the race throughout and never looked in danger. Alonso, fifth on the grid, quickly moved up to second as teammate Felipe Massa let him past, and maintained his grip on that position.
“Great job by the whole team today,” Vettel said at the post-race ceremony, amid booing from thousands of Ferrari fans massed on the track in front of the presentation stage. “The car’s been absolutely fantastic. For me it’s great to win here and to see all the fans. I’m very proud to be up here.”
Webber overcame gearbox problems to get a first-ever podium position at Monza in his last race there before he retires from Formula One at the end of the season.
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, who’d been looking for a fifth straight pole, could only start 12th after a poor performance in qualifying. He battled up the field after a slow puncture and problems with his team radio sent him as low as 19th, and finished ninth.
“It was a difficult weekend,” Hamilton told the British Broadcasting Corp. “I’m ninth and we should have been much further ahead. I’m very disappointed, I blew it in qualifying. Overall a disaster of a weekend.”
Massa was fourth, ahead of Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg, Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo of Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean of Lotus. Hamilton and McLaren’s Jenson Button rounded out the 10 scoring positions.
Vettel extended his lead in the standings to 53 points. He has 222, followed by Alonso (169), Hamilton (141), Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus (134) and Webber (130). Red Bull leads the constructors’ standings on 352, ahead of Ferrari (248), Mercedes (245), Lotus (191) and McLaren (66).
The next event on the 19-race calendar is the Singapore Grand Prix on Sept. 22.
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