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F1 Italy: Sebastian Vettel powers to dominant win in dry Monza race (+results)

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) cruised to his six win of the season, as the rain some had hoped for in Monza never showed up. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) just kept his title chances alive by splitting the two Red Bull drivers on the podium.

Only at the start, when he had to fend off attacks from Mark Webber (Red Bull) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari) was Vettel's lead in danger. As the triple world champion pulled away, Alonso was making his way up to second place, for which he had to settle.

He failed to take advantage of Vettel's gearbox problems, but benefitted from Webber's similar issues to keep the Australian behind.

Massa ended his anonymous race in fourth, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber), who by keeping Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) behind him showed his third place starting position of Saturday was not down to luck.

Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) bagged a satisfying seventh place for his team, compensating for his teammate Jean-Éric Vergne's engine failure. Despite starting only 13th aboard the long-wheelbase Lotus E21 and being hit by Paul di Resta (Force India) at the start, Romain Grosjean rallied to a point finish, in eighth.

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) overcame his messy performance of Saturday and radio issues to beat his former teammate Jenson Button (McLaren) to ninth.

The relationship between Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Sergio Perez (McLaren) took another blow, as the pair collided at the start. They recovered to 11th and 12th respectively.

Race results* – Italian Grand Prix (Monza)
1 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB9-Renault) - 53 laps
2 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F138) - 5"4
3 - Mark Webber (Red Bull RB9-Renault) - 6"3
4 - Felipe Massa (Ferrari F138) - 9"3
5 - Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber C32-Ferrari) - 10"3
6 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W04) - 10"9
7 - Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso STR8-Ferrari) - 32"3
8 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus E21-Renault) - 33"1
9 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W04) - 33"5
10 - Jenson Button (McLaren MP4-28-Mercedes) - 38"3
11 - Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus E21-Renault) - 38"6
12 - Sergio Perez (McLaren MP4-28-Mercedes) - 39"7
13 - Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber C32-Ferrari) - 40"8
14 - Pastor Maldonado (Williams FW35-Renault) - 49"0
15 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams FW35-Renault) - 56"8
16 - Adrian Sutil (Force India VJM06-Mercedes) - 1 lap
17 - Charles Pic (Caterham CT03-Renault) - 1 lap
18 - Giedo Van der Garde (Caterham CT03-Renault) - 1 lap
19 - Jules Bianchi (Marussia MR02-Cosworth) - 1 lap
20 - Max Chilton (Marussia MR02-Cosworth) - 1 lap

Fastest lap of the race: 1'25"849 by Lewis Hamilton

Retirements
Lap 38 - Jean-Eric Vergne
Lap 1 - Paul Di Resta

Drivers' standings
1. Vettel 222; 2. Alonso 169; 3. Hamilton 141; 4. Raikkonen 134; 5. Webber 130; 6. Rosberg 104; 7. Massa 79; 8. Grosjean 57; 9. Button 48; 10. Di Resta 36; 11. Sutil 25; 12. Perez 18; 13. Ricciardo 18; 14. Hulkenberg 17; 15. Vergne 13; 16. Maldonado 1.

Constructors' standings
1. Red Bull-Renault 352; 2. Ferrari 248; 3. Mercedes 245; 4. Lotus-Renault 191; 5. McLaren-Mercedes 66; 6. Force India-Mercedes 61; 7. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 31; 8. Sauber-Ferrari 17; 9. Williams-Renault 1.

*Unofficial scoring