Sebastian Vettel dominated today's F1 2011 Italian Grand Prix and in the end easily swept to yet another win.
Vettel, who had qualified on pole, slipped to second at the start, when Fernando Alonso stormed up into the lead from fourth on the grid. Towards the back though, there was chaos after Vitantonio Liuzzi lost control and took out Vitaly Petrov and Nico Rosberg, bringing out the safety car.
On the re-start, Alonso maintained his position, but further back Lewis Hamilton was passed by Michael Schumacher - something that ended up compromising his whole afternoon.
Back to the front and on lap 5, Vettel re-took the lead from Alonso with a super brave move on the approach to the second chicane. After that the defending champion was never troubled and he eventually won by 9.5 seconds, to strengthen his grip on the F1 2011 drivers' title. Indeed Vettel is now so far ahead he could sow things up in Singapore in two weeks time.
Behind, with Schumacher holding up Hamilton, Button, after a poor start from third, was able to close up. Then when Hamilton was forced onto the grass by Schumacher on lap 16, Button took advantage to overtake his team-mate and then straight away take Schumi.
Button later closed on Alonso and passed the Spaniard for second on lap 36 after his final stop.
Alonso took the final place on the rostrum in front of Ferrari's home crowd, despite coming under late pressure from Hamilton, who had to be content with fourth.
Hamilton finally got by Schumacher on lap 28, when the German was warned over the radio by Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn that he needed to give Hamilton room at Ascari. Despite his feisty defence though, Schumacher's actions were not deemed sufficient to warrant any action from the stewards and the 42-year-old eventually finished fifth.
Felipe Massa completed the top six, having lost time when he was tapped by Mark Webber at the first corner on lap 5. That incident cost Webber his front wing and while the Aussie tried to limp back to the pits, he locked up a few corners later and crashed out.
Jaime Alguersuari had a great race from 18th and charged back to take seventh in his Toro Rosso, ahead of Force India's Paul di Resta and Bruno Senna, the latter scoring his very first F1 points. Sebastien Buemi was tenth.
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