Vettel Extends Championship Lead With Comfortable Monza Victory

Vettel Extends Championship Lead With Comfortable Monza Victory

Sebastian Vettel has taken a giant step towards winning his fourth successive Formula One title with victory at Monza in the Italian Grand Prix.

 

The German led from start to finish, holding off teammate Mark Webber and Felipe Massa into the first corner before driving off into the distance.

 

Fernando Alonso drove brilliantly to finish second, to the delight of the home crowd, whilst Mark Webber bowed out of European F1 racing with a first ever podium at the circuit.

 

Felipe Massa rounded off an impressive performance from Ferrari and Nico Hulkenberg, who qualified third, finished in fifth to hand Sauber’s best finish of the year.

 

Lewis Hamilton was disappointed with a ninth finish after communications between him and his team failed in the early part of the race.

 

Meanwhile, Jenson Button finished tenth and Paul Di Resta crashed out in the first lap for the first time in his career, possibly hampering his chances of signing for Ferrari for next season.

 

The championship looks all but won as the Formula One circuit enters the final stage of the season with races in Singapore, Korea, Japan, India, Abu Dhabi, United States and Brazil remaining.

 

Vettel leads Alonso by 51 points, whislt the battle for second, third, fourth and fifth has intensified with 39 points separating the four.