Sep 8

Live Updates! Sunday F1 Italian GP Coverage

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Vettel beats gearbox worries to win at Monza

Sebastian Vettel may have made victory in the Italian GP look easy, but in fact the German had to overcome serious concerns about the Red Bull gearbox.

Both drivers were allowed by the FIA to change their fifth, sixth and seventh gears before the race after a reliability problem was flagged up, and in the race both were told to shift early in order to save their equipment. Despite that Vettel stayed safely ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Sep 8

Webber Fights Through Adversity To Secure Italian GP Podium

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Mark Webber overcame front wing damage and gearbox concerns to take third place in Monza, having pushed Fernando Alonso all the way to the flag.

Webber damaged his wing when passed by Alonso early in the race, but he gained a place back when he passed Felipe Massa at the pit stops.

A gearbox oil pressure issue caused the team to tell him to shift early to protect his equipment, but there were no further problems.

“It was good to have a clean weekend from start to finish and then fight for top positions, which was certainly the case today,” said Webber. “The start was pretty good but both Sebastian and I, I think, compared to the Ferraris, were not as strong off the line.

Sep 8

Second At Monza Keeps Alonso In Title Fight

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Fernando Alonso kept himself in the frame for the World Championship by finishing second in Monza, and while he lost another seven points to winner Sebastian Vettel, he has now pulled clear of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

“I think the weekend we took the maximum from the car,” said Alonso. “Practice was OK, and we learnt some good information Friday. Saturday it was very good, both cars in the top five. I think the last time was Malaysia this year, so a very, very long time, so we were very, very happy.

Sep 8

Vettel wins Italian Grand Prix ahead of Alonso

Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium at the Autodromo Nazionale circuit in Monza on September 8, 2013 after the Italian Formula One Grand Prix.       AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN

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Sebastian Vettel withstood a tricky start from pole position to win the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday and extend his hefty championship lead over Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who finished second.

Vettel locked his tires on the first turn as the Ferrari of Felipe Massa pressured him from behind, but after that the German consolidated his advantage to beat Alonso and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber, who finished third.

With seven races remaining, it looks increasingly likely that Vettel will clinch a fourth straight Formula One title — unless he has an alarming drop in form or Ferrari finds a way to get faster.

Sep 7

Vettel Stays In Fine Form With Italian GP Pole

(L-R)  Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

(L-R) Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Sebastian Vettel is odds on to extend his big Formula One lead over Fernando Alonso after qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix in pole position.

Vettel already leads Alonso by 46 points and will be confident of moving further clear of his rivals, given that Alonso starts Sunday’s race from fifth on the grid and Lewis Hamilton — who is third overall in the title race — from a lowly 12th.