Vettel's lead over Alonso was extending ever further, as the Ferrari
driver was forced to focus on ensuring that he wasn't passed by Mark Webber
who was all over his rear wing - at least, he was until Webber was told first to husband his tyres and then advised of a gearbox issue that required him to short shift between second and third if he wanted to make it to the finish in one piece. For once it wasn't just Webber's Red Bull
that was afflicted, with Vettel also being warned of issues on his own car between fifth and sixth gears despite the teams having worked on both gearboxes under parc ferme conditions before the race. Despite the warnings neither men seemed to lose much time as a result of the emergency measures, and ultimately it seemed a matter of prudence and caution as both Red Bulls still went on to last the 53-lap distance.
Technical problems aside, the top seven were fairly static with the overtaking action mainly coming from Grosjean pouncing on Button for eighth place, and a thrilling battle between Raikkonen and Hamilton that was only briefly interrupted by the need for both of them to mug Adrian Sutil
for 11th place on lap 45. With Raikkonen being warned of a KERS shortfall he finally nailed the Lotus on the exit of the first chicane and run through Curva Grande at the start of lap 49, and on consecutive laps he then breezed past both McLarens of Perez and then Button down the front straight into turn 1 to pick up ninth position. A final-lap lunge on Grosjean for eighth proved too ambitious however, and after running across the the second chicane he had to settle for following the Lotus home.
Despite the gearbox concerns, Vettel crossed the lines over five seconds clear of Alonso, with the Spaniard having succeeded in holding off Mark Webber
to the line. Massa held on to fourth place with Hulkenberg achieving a mighty fifth place in the Sauber ahead of Rosberg and Ricciardo, with the final points position going to Grosjean, Hamilton and Button - who just managed to salvage McLaren
from the ignominy of going pointless in their 50th anniversary outing at Monza, denying Kimi Raikkonen
any reward for all his hard work after that first lap clash with Perez who finished just behind in 12th.
Overall it had to be said that there were no surprises at Monza where it counted: the lack of rain in the race itself meant that it had been a text book display by Red Bull, but alas textbooks aren't known for their thrilling plot lines and tension-filled cliffhangers - and neither was the 2013 Italian Grand Prix
when it came down to it.
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