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Italian Grand Prix – Race Results

| Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com |

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Sebastian Vettel reeled off another dominant Formula 1 victory in the Italian Grand Prix, as Fernando Alonso won a battle for second place. In further good news for Vettel, erstwhile title threats Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen were left squabbling (spectacularly) over minor points after early incidents.

Raikkonen had to pit for a new front wing after bumping into Sergio Perez at the start, while an early slow puncture put Hamilton onto a two-stop strategy, hampered further by radio problems. The recovering Lotus and Mercedes then ended up in the same place on track late on having an epic battle both with each other and the midfield traffic.

Pos Driver                Team                    Time/Gap
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1h18m33.352s
 2. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 +5.467s
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        +6.350s
 4. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 +9.361s
 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          +10.355s
 6. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                +10.999s
 7. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      +32.329s
 8. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           +33.130s
 9. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                +33.527s
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        +38.327s
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           +38.695s
12. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        +39.765s
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          +40.880s
14. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        +49.085s
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        +56.827s
16. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    +1 laps
17. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        +1 laps
18. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        +1 laps
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth       +1 laps
20. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       +1 laps

Fastest lap: Hamilton, 1:25.849

Not classified/retirements:

Driver              Team                       On lap
Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari           35
Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes         1

World Championship standings, round 12:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel        222        1.  Red Bull-Renault          352
 2.  Alonso        169        2.  Ferrari                   248
 3.  Hamilton      141        3.  Mercedes                  245
 4.  Raikkonen     134        4.  Lotus-Renault             191
 5.  Webber        130        5.  McLaren-Mercedes           66
 6.  Rosberg       104        6.  Force India-Mercedes       61
 7.  Massa          79        7.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         31
 8.  Grosjean       57        8.  Sauber-Ferrari             17
 9.  Button         48        9.  Williams-Renault            1
10.  Di Resta       36       
11.  Sutil          25       
12.  Perez          18       
13.  Ricciardo      18       
14.  Hulkenberg     17       
15.  Vergne         13       
16.  Maldonado       1

Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 11th: “When I lost the front wing I had to come in and change to a new one meaning an extra pit stop which we hadn’t planned. It’s not just the time in the pits, but you have to work your way through the field afterwards. We did a pretty good job of that and the car felt good, surprisingly good given where we were on Saturday. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do after the start to the race we had.”

Romain Grosjean – 8th: “It isn’t easy to follow another car with the aero configurations that we had for the race here but we got the best result we could have done having started in P13. Unfortunately we had a poor pit stop where we had an electronic problem and the light didn’t turn to green, so we lost a few seconds there. I think we could have come out in front of the two McLarens and the Toro Rosso, which would have made things a bit easier for a stronger result. I had a good battle with Lewis on the last lap. I think we did the best we could here in Monza and I hope that for Singapore we can get back to the level of performance that we had in Budapest.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal: “If you want to be competitive for the Championships you need to be able to fight every weekend at the front on Saturday as well as on Sunday. The positive from this weekend is that we showed fantastic race pace and both drivers drove exceptionally well. Romain withstood great pressure and performed great overtaking moves on both McLarens. Kimi fought back from a first lap incident in a superb display of his talents. The negative from this weekend is that we couldn’t qualify where we needed to be. The results at the end of the race aren’t rewarding for the team, but there are plenty of positives to take from the final European race of the season and we head to the final flyaway races with plenty of fight.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “Our damage was done yesterday by our poor qualifying positions. We actually had good race pace today and if you compare Kimi and Sebastian Vettel’s races, after Kimi’s first stop we only lost a second to Seb and we gained four seconds on Fernando [Alonso]. Seb won the race and Fernando finished second, so that gives an illustration of what could have been. We obviously will be dissecting where we lost the pace on Saturday and have some solace that we don’t visit another circuit of this level of downforce for the rest of the season as it certainly wasn’t beneficial for us in terms of qualifying. Starting where we did put us in the middle of the pack where incidents happen on the first lap and that was the case for both our drivers, but both made great recoveries.”

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