Italian Grand Prix in Monza

Sebastian Vettel extended his winning streak with another astonishing win at this year’s Italian Grand Prix, which took place on the 8th of September at the historic racecourse in Monza.

Italian Grand Prix - September 8th 2013

Italian Grand Prix – September 8th 2013

Following a pole-to-pole victory, Vettel successfully continued his championship lead, securing his position as a world champion racing driver and continued success for Red Bull Racing Renault. Vettel was unchallenged during the race as he powered on to collect his 32nd Grand Prix win and move 53 points ahead of Fernando Alonso in the championship race.

Alonso secured second place for Ferrari with Mark Webber for Red Bull in third. Among the top ten was also Felipe Massa, Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo. Both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes also secured high positions, Rosberg coming in sixth and Hamilton tenth.

The 22 drivers raced a total of 53 laps but the victor was destined from the start with Vettel storming ahead from pole to flag. By lap 33 Vettel had already gained himself an 11-second lead, which he increased to 12 seconds by lap 46.

Mercedes Benz GP Team in Monza

Mercedes Benz GP Team in Monza

While Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg displayed a consistent effort throughout the race, Hamilton disappointed both his and his team’s expectations, only managing to just secure a top ten position towards the very end. A large contributing factor to Hamilton’s shaky performance was his serious communicative problems with Mercedes, causing confusion between driver and team. Despite calling Hamilton to pit at lap 37, Hamilton was unaware and stayed out for another lap. Red Bull also reported technical issues, warning drivers of possible gearbox problems at lap 44, though neither Vettel nor Webber appeared to be affected and continued to dominate the race.

The Italian Grand Prix saw mixed fortunes for Mercedes, who secured two respectable top ten positions but lost Hamilton’s contention for the world champion title. Vettel’s easy win at both Manza and the Marina Bay in Singapore this month on the other hand signals a fourth straight title win ahead for Red Bull in this year’s Forumla One.

The next Formula One event will be the Korean Grand Prix, taking place on the October 6. To watch Formula One on the big screen you can visit Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands for both live and scheduled viewings.

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