” Sebastian Vettel took a big step towards his fourth consecutive world championship with a comfortable victory in the Italian Grand Prix.
Having held on to his lead from pole position, Vettel was never in danger as he eased away at the front. At one stage Fernando Alonso threatened to close the gap ahead of the pit stops but Vettel’s opening laps on the hard tyre at the start of the second stint ensured he retained a comfortable lead and he eased home by 5.4 seconds after slowing in the final laps.
Alonso had to hold off Mark Webber late in the race despite Webber having to short shift in lower gears, and Felipe Massa came home fourth as Nico Hulkenberg closed to within a second on the final lap.
It was a tough race for Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, helping Vettel’s championship hopes. Hamilton started on the hard tyre with the intention of running a long first stint but a slow puncture early on forced him on to a two-stop strategy and he did well to recover two points with ninth place.
For Raikkonen, running in to the back of Sergio Perez at the start of the race meant he had to do the same as Hamilton but he was unable to score as Jenson Button held him off for 10th place. ”