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So, until then, thanks for joining us at Monza and remember to stay tuned to Crash.net for the latest news...
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Hopefully, Singapore in two weeks' time will be a little more exciting....
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But was VET the driver of the day? Did HAM or HUL deserve that honour instead? Let us know...
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Was your pick right? Not exactly hard to choose this weekend was it....
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And that just about wraps it up from the Italian Grand Prix....
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Team points after Monza: Red Bull 352, Ferrari 248, Mercedes 245, Lotus 191, McLaren 66....
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Points after Monza: VET 222, ALO 169, HAM 141, RAI 134, WEB 130, ROS 104....
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WEB: Felt better on the tyre at the end of the race, even though hard not usually good for me
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ALO: Some people still try to create some tenstion between and driver....
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ALO: Nothing to lose now, second in championship, have to take some risks...
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ALO: Second place is good to have this podium ceremony, hopefully next year we'll come back in top place
14:38
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VET: Great to win here, best podium of the season
14:37
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VET: You can hear the difference when you don't win here in a red suit [to chorus of boos]
14:36
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Jean Alesi and John Surtees on the podium for the interviews....
14:35
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WEB may not have won, but at least reaches the Monza podium for the first time in his F1 career
14:34
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VET's win pushes him out to a 53-point lead over ALO with seven races remaining....
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The anthems seem to be dragging a little today, much like the race
14:32
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The crowd stage the usual track invasion as the drivers take to the unique Monza podium
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VET continues on slow-down lap, but WEB has parked up already...
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ALO and WEB complete podium, ahead of MAS, HUL, RIC, GRO, HAM and BUT
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VET wins at Monza for third time... championship must be nigh now
14:22
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HAM locks up trying to pass GRO at Roggia
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RAI demotes PER to get to within touching distance of a point, as VET is told to 'bring it home'
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Lap 50: VET by 7.8s over ALO, WEB, MAS, HUL, ROS, RIC, GRO, HAM and BUT with 3 laps to go
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One more lap and one more place for HAM, who picks off BUT into Rettifilio for P9
14:17
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...and wastes little time is dispensing with PER into Rettifilio. P10 now for HAM
14:16
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HAM gets RAI at Curva Grande next time around, takes over P11 and sets off after McLarens
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Rob Smedley encourages MAS to get after WEB... 1.6s between them
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Lap 48: HAM takes a look at RAI into Rettifilio, but is rebuffed in battle for P11
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Now RAI is warned not to use 'overtake button' out of Parabolica as battery is flattening
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Make that P12 for HAM as he passes SUT at Curva Grande... GRO past BUT for P8 as well
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RAI and HAM edging closer to the points.... currently P11 and P13
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Both Red Bulls had to replace gears in parc ferme.... could this race yet have a twist?
14:08
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WEB warned problem lies in shift between 2nd and 3rd gears... now VET told to shortshift too!
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WEB told to short shift exiting T2.... is this a weakness at RBR or just usual WEB luck?
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Lap 40: VET leads by 11.9s from ALO, WEB, MAS, HUL, ROS, RIC, BUT, GRO and PER - fastest lap to RAI
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Meanwhile, WEB closing in on ALO and P2, despite missing a chunk of his front wing...
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Lap 38: HAM responds to call, having bumped over T1, fits mediums, rejoins in P14 behind RAI
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Lap 38: GRO passes PER cleanly at the Rettifilio, both continue in P10 and P11
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Lap 37: HAM called to pit, but sets new fastest lap as he continues around again....
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ROS overshoots at the first chicane, loses time in battle with HUL
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Before anyone gets too excited, HAM probably has to stop again as tyres can't last...
13:51
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HUL defended at Rettifilio, but HAM gets by at Curva Grande...
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HAM is flying - fastest lap and all over the back of HUL in hunt for p5
13:49
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RAI pits from p8 to fit the softer medium option tyres for run to the flag - rejoins P14
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Lap 30: VET leads ALO by 10s, then WEB, MAS, RAI, HUL, HAM, ROS, RIC, BUT
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HAM passes ROS around outside in Rettifilio, takes over P7
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Think we need to pray for rain to make this one interesting now.... VET leads by 10.3s
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Lap 27: ALO pits from the lead, takes on the hard Pirellis, rejoins in  P2 behind VET
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CORRECTION: Those pitting have been taking on the hard Pirellis, so running to the end
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MAS, however, pits, as does HUL, but WEB gets ahead of the Ferrari
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ALO now leads MAS by 5secs, with HUL third
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Lap 23: VET gets call to pit from P1, WEB in to, rejoin P5 and P9 respectively
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BUT, however, comes around between RIC and PER after sticky wheelgun thwarts Mexican
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The two-stop window opens wider, with RIC and PER stopping and rejoining order unchanged
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McLaren change plan, tell BUT to 'pit now' rather than going around again, takes mediums, P14
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GRO, however, pits from P10 and takes an age to rejoin.... BUT told to push
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L20: VET by 5.8s from ALO, MAS, WEB, HUL, ROS, RIC, PER, BUT and GRO
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Cars running two-by-two in lower points, with MAS v WEB, HUL v ROS and RIC v PER...
13:30
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RAI sets new fastest lap of race, but is currently mired in P15, one spot ahead of HAM
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VET, meanwhile, staying out, with gap now at 6.5secs after 16 laps
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Lap 15: Smoky VER slows and pulls over exiting Roggia... removes bottleneck at bottom of points
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Lap 15: WEB now close enough to look at Massa into Rettifilio chicane...
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Lap 14: HAM finally pits for fresh tyres, takes on mediums and rejoins in P19
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HAM has now passed the pits twice.... are his radio problems two-way? Can he hear team?
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VET's tyre issue is a flat-spot, no doubt caused by locking up into T1 at the start....
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And now HAM told to pit with slow puncture on front right.... he's on the hards remember
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VET problem is with tyre not brakes as initially thought - could RBR switch to 2-stopper?
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Lap 10: VET by 5.2s from ALO, MAS, WEB, HUL, ROS, RIC, PER, VER and BUT
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VET told right front being 'monitored at all times', but 'not good'.... stay tuned
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BUT now past HAM for P10 - VER is at head of the train in P9
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ALO has some way to go to catch VET however - 4.4secs gap after 8 laps
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And ALO is through into P2.... MAS made no resistance - team order? job security?
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BUT, after a poor start, is now challenging HAM - medium tyre chasing hard...
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Team-mate ROS told to find clear air to cool car....
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Mercedes reports loss of radio comms with HAM, who runs 10th after starting 12th....
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Five laps in and VET leads MAS by 2.8s, as ALO homes in on his team-mate
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DIR meanwhile found no room between GRO and SUT at Roggia - the Scot's day is done
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Replays show RAI hitting the back of PER at T1, the Mexican continues in 8th
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Meanwhile, ALO passes WEB for 3rd through the Roggia chicane - great move!
13:07
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RAI has rejoined at the back of the field, will need to make those hard tyres work now
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MAS driving for his Ferrari future, but he needs to stay with VET to make race interesting
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The Finn has front wing damage - was he involved in T1 contact?
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Lap 1: VET leads MAS, WEB, ALo, HUL, ROS, RIC and PER as RAI heads for the pits
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DIR off on opening lap too
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Contact at the chicane, looks like PER, as VET leads MAS and WEB
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Back on the grid, the lights are on....
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Everyone else on the mediums as the cars - including Button's McLaren - set off of the warm-up lap
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Raikkonen, Hamilton and Gutierrez going for hard Pirellis, as slicks are order of day now
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12:58
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Weather updates say no further upstream showers, circuit may dry considerably by start, 60% chance of more rain
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Which should bring Ferrari, Mercedes, Lotus and McLaren into play - for decent points at least
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While a fairy tale for Sauber team would be nice, we should expect Hulkenberg to slip back under DRS
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But will Mark Webber play nice into that tricky first chicane?
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Our tip for the race? Face it, it's going to be a huge shock if Vettel doesn't win to inch closer to that fourth title
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With the track now drying, it will be a close call on inters and slicks for the start, although most looking at the latter
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In all there seems to be a half second gap in performance between the hard prime tyres and the medium options
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If it's a straightforward one-stop, the best approach is to start on mediums and change to the hards on lap 25, whereas a two-stopper would also start on the medium, change to the medium again on lap 22, and then run a final set of hard tyres from lap 41.
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With the weather also questionable, flexibility is likely to be the order of the day when teams consider strategies.
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Pirelli reckons that a one-stop strategy is the fastest for the 53 laps of Monza in theory.

In practice, however, maybe not: a fast car could make use of a two-stop sprint strategy
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Before the rain arrived, the top ten would have been starting on the medium compound tyre, but what now?
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Ferrari (218) and Lotus (187) head McLaren (65) who have a sight edge over Force India (61)
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In the Constructors’, RBR has 312 points on the board, a whopping 77 more than Mercedes
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They're followed by Hamilton (139), Raikkonen (134) and Webber (115) with Rosberg on 96pts
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Vettel has 197 points, 46 more than Fernando Alonso who is back in 2nd with 151pts after Spa
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Coming into Monza, Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull have huge leads in both the driver and team championships
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Adrian Sutil was penalised for blocking Hamilton's final flying lap and drops from 14th to 17th
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The other shock is Lewis Hamilton's elimination in Q2 - he starts 12th
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Rosberg's 6th, Ricciardo 7th, Perez 8th, with Button on row 5 alongside Vergne
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That means Nico will line up alongside Felipe Massa, who managed to out-qualify his Ferrari team mate Fernando Alonso, who wasn't too happy about that ...
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But qualifying had too big shocks, including Nico Hulkenberg putting a Sauber into third place on the grid
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He's dominated all but one of the timed sessions so far and lines up on pole alongside team mate Mark Webber
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But that's for the future. The big question today is: can anyone stop Sebastian Vettel from claiming his sixth Grand Prix win of 2013?
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That means the silly season speculation is now focussed on Kimi Raikkonen and where he will be next season.
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Since Spa, the big news has been confirmation that Daniel Ricciardo will take over Mark Webber's seat at Red Bull in 2014
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