Tweet from @Marussia_F1Team: A little over an hour til the lights go out at Monza. Although the light has already gone out a little because there are dark clouds looming
Hamilton was particularly grumpy about his qualifying performance, saying yesterday: "I just drove like an idiot, that's the worst I've driven for a long, long time." He was held up by Adrian Sutil at one point though, the Force India driver getting a grid penalty for impeding.
|Autodromo Nazionale Monza|
|Local timezone||+02:00 GMT|
|Number of laps||53|
Tweet from @radarguruf1: #F1 radar 13:00 CET: First meaningful shower falls over Monza, further cells are building in the region, quickly. Further showers likely.
|1||S Vettel||Red Bull|
|2||M Webber||Red Bull|
|7||D Ricciardo||Toro Rosso|
|10||JE Vergne||Toro Rosso|
Ferrari tried to be clever in qualifying and use the slingshot with Massa in front and Alonso ready to take advantage. It didn't quite work out as Felipe was too fast for Fernando, and the Brazilian qualified ahead.
Paddock reports suggest the current rain has stopped, but there's plenty of potential for its return before or during the race.
The hard and medium compounds are on offer today, the hardest selection of rubber to deal with the high speeds and sharp braking conditions at Monza. Pirelli boss Paul Hembery reckons it will be a one-stop strategy, but of course if there's rain on the cards, none of that matters.
Tweet from @ESPNF1: There's a fuel system problem on Button's car. Serious doubts from Sam Michael that it will be ready to make the grid on time #F1
More info from @radarguruf1 suggests there is more rain in the air, and we're definitely looking at a damp start now. Tyre choice will be key!
Tweet from @OfficialSF1Team: under dry conditions most would go for 1 stop as you are loosing about 25sec per pitstop in #Monza. so straight forward strategy, normally.
|(data from Williams F1)|
|Fuel lap time penalty||0.3s/10kg|
|Pit lane loss||22.4s|
|Pit lane length||417m|
The other stat I like from Williams is that, based on past races, there's a 40% chance of a safety car making an appearance.
Unfortunately for Caterham and Marussia, there was no rain yesterday so they couldn't repeat their feat of getting into Q2. Giedo van der Garde leads the pack in 19th, with Bianchi ahead of Chilton on the last row of the grid.
Tweet from @MercedesAMGF1: Drivers out on install laps. Drivers reporting on track conditions and where it's dry, where not. Both on inters and pushed back into garage
Jenson Button did make it out of the garage and he will start from the grid. Hopefully the fuel system is all patched up now!
Many drivers are doing an outlap on dry tyres, coming back in and switching to intermediates, to see which are the right ones to start on.
The track looks like it has some distinct wet and dry sections, with a dry line appearing on the damper sections. Still twenty minutes to go.
Final chance for testing the tyres as the pit lane closes very shortly.
Lewis Hamilton dives in and out of the pitlane for tyres, via @MercedesAMGF1.
Interview with Nico Hülkenberg: "Even going into Q3, we were thinking 6 or 7, ideal 5th. Coming away with third was a good surprise, a nice one. Hopefully we'll have good pace today, I'm fairly confident we can have a good race today."
Paul di Resta gets in the zone, via @clubforce.
Tweet from @adamcooperf1: Rain has gone away but concrete pitlane could still be a little slippery, especially for anyone stopping early
Mark Webber closes his eyes for a moment on the grid, just the one car in front of him - that of his teammate. He'll want a good start, but is it possible for the Australian?
The tyre blankets come off, Hamilton is gently nudged back into his grid slot, and the formation lap is about to start.
Lewis gets some radio informing him that he's starting on the harder tyre, unlike many. It will give him less performance early in the race but will put him in the right pit window for the potential rain.
All the top ten are on mediums, Räikkönen and Hamilton are on the orange harder tyres. Gutiérrez in 16th is also on the hard compound with the rest of the grid taking on the mediums.
Plenty of long straights for the drivers to weave their way around. Vettel backs up the pack as they make their way around.
The pack rounds the final corner and Vettel pulls to a halt in his pole position grid slot. The rest file up behind as we wait for the lights.
A huge lockup from Vettel into the first corner, and there's a lot of contact behind.
Behind him, Pérez went down the slalom, keeping out the way and losing positions.
A Mercedes, Button and a Force India all cut the chicane going over those evil rumble strips.
Paul di Resta is off track, missing a front wing, he's out of the race already.
Kimi Räikkönen has a damaged front wing, he squeezes Button as he dives into the pit lane for some repairs.
Track is clear again, we didn't see what that was for but it went green, then yellow again, then green once more.
Paul di Resta is peering through the catch-fencing, a very forlorn look on his face. Difficult to be out on the first lap.
Fernando Alonso, somehow up in fourth place already, pulled up alongside Mark Webber and just held it through the chicane as the advantage came and went, and then he got the position for third.
Massa had a brilliant start, avoided Vettel's lockup at the start which allowed him to get up to second! It's Vettel leading followed by two Ferraris.
Replays on the start show Pérez cutting Kimi up, they had contact which bumped the McLaren into the slalom and forced Kimi into the pit lane for a new front wing. He's currently down in 21st.
More replays of Paul di Resta's off, he got the braking all wrong and mounted the back of Grosjean. Damaged left front wheel and no front wing, race over.
Further back, Sutil's had a good start to reclaim four places, he's currently 13th behind Grosjean.
Hamilton is up to tenth, he's informed on the radio that the team can't hear him, the messages aren't getting through.
Flying wheels ahoy as the thermocam imaging goes out of the race along with Paul di Resta.
Alonso moves up to second place after sliding past Massa at the first corner. Can he chase after Vettel now? The gap is almost up to four seconds already.
Lewis Hamilton is chasing down Vergne for ninth, but the Toro Rosso is showing good pace for now.
Button sweeps past Hamilton, dropping back down to 11th. Hard to say if the McLaren is showing better pace or Lewis is just having another bad day. Probably both.
Team radio to Vettel: "We're monitoring right front at all times. We know exactly where it's at."
Incident involving Di Resta and Grosjean will be investigated after the race - causing a collision.
Tweet from @OfficialSF1Team: RIC seems to be on a fast pace. hope that ROS keeps him behind. #ItalyHulk P5 on a same pace as MAS. strong performance. keep pushing #Hulk.
Lewis Hamilton gets a radio message to pit for a slow puncture, but the Mercedes driver doesn't come in, he sails on by. Radio communication problems probably to blame.
Hamilton has continued past the pit entrance again, and the radio messages are getting more and more insistent. The Mercedes mechanics are waiting in the pit lane.
Finally the message gets across and Hamilton comes in for a stop. He tears off a visor strip as he comes in. The hard tyre strategy is ruined, and it's mediums going on the car.
There really is no communication between the team and driver, as the engineer is forced to hold up a mini pit board right in front of the car for Lewis to read.
|F Massa||vs.||M Webber|
Jean-Éric Vergne coasts to a stop at the side of the track, he was just hanging on to a points position but is now out of the race.
Great marshalling, the car has already been pushed out the way. There was a big puff of smoke from the Toro Rosso as something gave way inside. Button had a narrow miss, avoiding the slow car and moving up to ninth place.
Pit board instructions for Lewis.
Rosberg, running in sixth, is informed that Hülkenberg has reported his rear tyres are going. The Sauber is still fifth... for now!
Vergne leans on one of the barriers, watching the action, as his Toro Rosso gently smokes in the background.
Charles Pic has come in for a pit stop, that might be our first scheduled stop of the afternoon.
Team radio to Massa: "Webber alway slower in the middle sector. Only faster where he has the DRS."
Lots of speculation amongst the BBC commentators and pundits pondering why Vettel has his rear red-light flashing.
Tweet from @clubforce: Bit of a gap in front and behind Adrian now, with our guy in P11 at the moment. Laptimes steadily improving
Sauber radio suggests there's no rain expected now, any nearby showers have moved away.
Grosjean comes in for his first stop of the day, and it's a slow one.
McLaren have a change of heart on the radio, initially Button is instructed to push for another lap to make the most of Grosjean's slow stop, then they call him in straight away instead.
Ricciardio and Pérez follow each other into the pit lane, and rejoin the track in the same order.
Slow stop for Grosjean, but that means plenty of time to snap a picture! (via @Lotus_F1Team)
Actually, they've rejoined in the same order but sandwich Button.
Vettel comes in from the lead, followed very swiftly by Mark Webber, two great stops by Red Bull.
Lots of radio from Alonso being played to us, but it's all in Italian. He stays out for another lap as Felipe Massa dives in for his stop.
Alonso leads with Rosberg behind him, both haven't stopped yet.
Nico Hülkenberg pits from fifth place, as Massa rejoins the track behind Webber - he's lost a place there.
Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race so far, a 1:28.016. Plenty more where that came from though!
The Brit is currently chasing Valtteri Bottas, who is up to ninth place having not yet come in for his stop.
Bottas frees up Hamilton by coming into the pit lane for his stop. Meanwhile, Vettel sets the fastest lap of the race, pushing on to retain a healthy lead when he gets back in front.
Rosberg pits from second place, and he rejoins just ahead of teammate Hamilton in eighth place.
Alonso finally comes in for his pit stop, leaving just Gutiérrez the only driver not to have stopped yet. He's up in third.
And Esteban comes in, making it a full house of pit stops.
|Sector 1||L Hamilton||324kph|
|Sector 2||L Hamilton||334kph|
|Sector 3||J Button||306kph|
|Speed trap||D Ricciardo||339kph|
Lewis Hamilton passes teammate Nico Rosberg, close but clean racing for seventh place.
Kimi is instructed to come in for his second stop, and there he goes. It's a costly stop, he rejoins in 14th place.
Hamilton is hustling Hülkenberg for position, the Sauber desperately wants to keep his fifth place, but Hamilton needs to make up as many places as possible - he's likely to have to stop again like Kimi.
Hamilton goes through on the inside at turn two, the Hulk tries to come back at him but Lewis finally makes the move stick and gets fifth place.
Pic is told that Van der Garde is making a better job of turn six, and that he should sacrifice the entry to maximise the apex. A bit of track guidance for Charles there.
Not a lot in terms of major action going on. Lots of drivers catching other drivers, but no changes of position just yet. Vettel still has a mega lead.
Rosberg misses the first corner again, he's forced to take to the slalom and recover.
Gutiérrez's engineer tells him details on how far ahead Ricciardo is. The Toro Rosso is currently 8th to Sauber's 12th - with Button, Pérez and Grosjean in between. That's an optimistic engineer right there.
The Mercedes mechanics prepare for a pit stop, but there's no sign of Lewis Hamilton so they head back inside again.
Lots of blue flags being waved for Bianchi as the leaders get past.
Caterham mechanics simply have to watch from now on, via @EdoCrn
Grosjean makes a clean pass on Sergio Pérez, that's for 10th place - the final points position. If he's making a charge for it, Button is next in line.
Hamilton gets the message from the pit board and comes in for his second stop. More notes from Jock Clear are held up as well. It's 14th place for Lewis as he rejoins the pack, behind Räikkönen.
Tweet from @F1onNBCSports: Webber is closing up on Alonso for P2 as Red Bull look for the knock-out blow in the constructors' championship
There's less than a second between the two as the Red Bull stalks closer to the Ferrari.
Both Caterham drivers have pitted, opting for a two-stop strategy. They have rejoined still ahead of the two Marussia cars so no change of position there.
Team radio to Mark Webber: "We have an issue, we need to short-shift, low gears in the exit of turn two."
Replays of Van der Garde's pit stop show it was a bit of a fumble on the way in, he nearly missed the box and equipment needed to be moved out the way. He got going again eventually, but has dropped behind Jules Bianchi on track now.
Räikkönen makes his way past Gutiérrez for 12th place, it's a bit of a kerfuffle as they also navigate past backmarkers, but the Lotus keeps the place.
Sebastian Vettel is also getting some radio instruction on short-shifting at specific corners.
Hamilton is the next past Gutiérrez, moving the Brit up to 13th and back behind Kimi once more.
Kimi sweeps past Adrian Sutil around the outside of the Parabolica, with Hamilton lining up to move past as well. They close up into the first corner but the Force India remains ahead for now.
In front of them, we see Grosjean move past Button, picking up 8th place.
Hamilton takes the place from Sutil, the Force India almost conceding the position without a fight.
You can see on the graph there are two massively slower laps from Vettel after he got the radio message to be careful of the gears.
Both Red Bull drivers getting slightly panicked messages about the short-shift thing. "I know we're fighting," Mark is told, before being given some specifics.
Team radio to Kimi Räikkönen: "Do not use overtake button out of Parabolica, you are flattening the battery."
Looks like Vettel is back on the pace now, he's either sorted out his problem or just doesn't care.
Amazing defensive driving from Kimi as Hamilton hounds him for position. A KERS issue on the Lotus means he's only moments away from losing the position, but he won't give it up without a fight.
Grosjean runs quite wide over the kerbs as he rounds one of the corners, he's chasing Daniel Ricciardo for sixth place for now.
Sergio Pérez pulls out to attempt a move on teammate Jenson Button but pulls back behind.
Hamilton easily makes the move on Räikkönen, that's 11th place for Lewis.
More traffic for Hamilton as he moves past some backmarker Caterhams, and dispatches Sergio Pérez for the final points place. He's now hunting Jenson Button for ninth.
The Mercedes pair are really coming to life now. Hamilton's on a charge, Rosberg just set the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:26.500.
Button loses the place to Hamilton, which means it is Grosjean in the sights of the Mercedes now.
Räikkönen is now making his way past the McLarens. Sergio Pérez drops behind but pulls back alongside to try and regain the place. He has to concede the position into the next chicane, though.
Team radio to Vettel: "Just bring it home. We've got enough issues, just bring it home."
Sebastian Vettel wins the Italian Grand Prix!
On that final lap, Hamilton tried to make a move on Grosjean, but locked up massively and ran off track. He was forced to give the place back to the Lotus, and has to settle for ninth.
Mark Webber has pulled to a halt on the home straight, with Kimi Räikkönen pulling in behind him - a bit of a car park there.
Alonso and Vettel pull their respective cars to a halt in the winner's enclosure. Webber's Red Bull was abandoned on the home straight.
Alonso congratulates Vettel briefly, as the German exits his car and runs over to Adrian Newey for a big hug.
Force India managed to bookend the race with retirements.
|P di Resta||Accident||1|
Vettel is ushered inside to the podium green room, Alonso is slightly more smiley than I would have expected. They all take big swigs from the water bottles. No sign of Mark yet.
They study the timing screens intently. "Hülkenberg!" Vettel says with an expression of surprise and perhaps even respect.
Webber finally arrives and immediately turns his back on the race winner, to get into conversation with Alonso.
There's a handshake between the teammates but little else. The three then make their way up to the podium, hoisted up above the start/finish straight and a sea of cheering Ferrari fans.
National anthems play out as the fans still crush up to get as near to the podium as possible. The epitome of track invasion.
Saluting the fans.
The trophies are handed out, confetti starts to spray as Alonso moves forward with his trophy to wave to the cheering fans.
The champagne sprays out with Webber and Alonso aiming it at each other, Vettel prefering to soak Newey with the bubbly stuff.
Post-race podium quotes - Sebastian Vettel: "Fantastic race, but you can hear the difference when you don't win here in a red suit. You get a lot of that [booing]. In the end it's nice because it means you've done good and beat the red guys. We're proud of that. A very good job by the guys today, great job by Renault... the race has been incredible for both of us, I think towards the end we were struggling with the gearbox so we had to pace ourselves... This is the best podium of the season, so very proud to be up here."
Post-race podium quotes - Fernando Alonso: "It was difficult, the tyres were okay, we overtook Nico but then we had to overtake Mark and Felipe later on. Then with Sebastian, we were not able to close the gap so we were fighting with Mark at the end. Second place is good, to have this podium ceremony, it is the best podium of the year... hopefully next year we come back here but in the top place.
"We have to risk, there is nothing to lose now for us, we are second in the championship and we have to take some risks. We did it, and that's okay."
Post-race podium quotes - Mark Webber: "I felt a bit better on the tyre at the end of the race, the hard tyre was not quite as comfortable for me. It was a good battle with Fernando, and a great result. Thank you to Monza, my last time here, thank you very much."
Fernando Alonso brings out a phone to take a photo of the incredible sea of cheering fans. He even tries to do a selfie with them as the backdrop. Look out for that on Twitter later.
Tweet from @JeanEricVergne: Have the feeling to have watched more races this year on Tv rather than from my cockpit...
Interview with Lewis Hamilton: "I'm ninth, we should have been much further ahead. Very disappointed with myself, I blew it in qualifying, it was impossible to catch up. The radio failed in the race, so I didn't know what was going on. I missed my pit stop laps by a couple of laps. Just a disaster of a weekend.
"It's like driving blind, you don't know where people are, you don't know when to push, when you have to pit, when to save tyres, you've just got to manage it all yourself. It's disappointing when you're empty of energy and you gain two places, and that's it for the championship."
Interview with Jenson Button: "I had a bad start, clutch slip, so I had to dump it to actually pull away. The first stint was quite good fun but as soon as I got stuck behind Ricciardo, there was no way of getting past. As soon as the fuel load comes down, the straight line speed is far greater... and then we're straight into the limiter. We got it wrong with the ratios, but that's our problem and hopefully we'll solve it for the next one. I flat-spotted the tyres with 15 laps to go so it was like driving on Lego tyres."
Another tame race compared to what we have seen earlier in the season. Vettel waltzed to an easy win. The fun was behind him, with Hülkenberg securing a great fifth place, and the Ferraris improving on their qualifying performance.
The difference between one and two-stopping wasn't as apparent as I'd expected, as both Hamilton and Räikkönen had to come in twice.
The championships are essentially both Red Bulls now, and it's simply a fight to see if anyone can snatch a win off them for the rest of the season!
Thanks for joining me for the Factbyte Factbox fun this weekend. I'll be back in two weeks time for the Singapore race - ooooh, night racing.
Keep it real, fact fans.
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