There was a flurry of activity before the Italian GP began as Jenson Button’s McLaren had a fuel system problem that had to be rapidly patched up to allow him to take to the grid, and some threatening spots of rain made tyre choice a bit of a worry. Those two concerns went away pretty quickly though, and the race began in the dry.
Sebastian Vettel was essentially unchallenged at the front, pulling out a lead and keeping hold of the gap until the chequered flag. Both the Ferraris made a good start to the race, with Felipe Massa in front. Fernando Alonso soon swept past his teammate but could make no dent in the gap to the race leader.
Paul di Resta retired on the first lap after crashing into the back of a car in front, something he was later reprimanded for. Force India bookended the race with retirements, bringing Adrian Sutil in to the garage on the final lap. In between, Jean-Éric Vergne also retired, his Toro Rosso smoking heavily.
Lewis Hamilton started the race grumpily, put in a lot of effort, finished ninth, and remained grumpy. Nico Hülkenberg started third and held off some strong competitors to finish fifth.
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References Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jean-Éric Vergne, Jenson Button
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