Despite the rain showers in the hour before the beginning of the Italian Grand Prix, the Monza track was dry in time for the start of the race which saw all but three contenders on medium tyres for their first stint, and most teams opt for a single-stop strategy.

"With some light rain 30 minutes before the race, some of the cars went onto the grid with the Green intermediates but as the rain subsided we saw the majority of drivers start the race on the mediums," explained Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery, who gives his thoughts on the weekend's events in this video diary.

"This was a straight-forward one-stop race with no degradation and many cars set their fastest laps towards the end of the race," Hembery added. "Any strategy would have been dependant - as always - on a number of factors, but as the rain held off, Vettel's decision to start on the mediums with one stop to change to the hards proved a winning combination.

"Monza is a big test for the tyres with the surface temperature of the tyres heating up to 130 degrees Celsius as the cars exit La Roggia, but the tyres coped well with the demands for the whole weekend," he said.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the fans here this weekend," he concluded. "As always the atmosphere is electric at this circuit and we are truly proud to call this our home race."

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