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Italian Grand Prix: Business as usual for Sebastian Vettel

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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07.09.2013- Free practice 3, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138
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06.09.2013- Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
06.09.2013- Free practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
07.07.2013-  Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9 race winner
08.09.2013- The Podium, winner Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9, 2nd Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F138, 3d Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
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September 08, 2013 10:00 PM
Last Edited 34 days ago

While it appears that the redbull is in fact the best car on the grid and has been for the last 4 years, has anyone actually given any thought to the idea that it isn't? Has anyone considered that Vettel really is just that good? I mean, Webber is no slouch and he's been driving the same car and only in 2010 did he get anywhere near Vettel. How do we know that Webber's performances aren't the true indicators of the redbulls pace and Vettel is just driving beyond the car? I think it's just rude and ignorant for people to continually say that he's not the best and it's just the car. I am NOT a Vettel fan, but I think it's time he got the credit for what he has done.

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