Italian Grand Prix 2013: Live Lap-by-Lap Updates, Highlights, Recap from Monza

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterSeptember 7, 2013

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 08:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing leads the field early during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo di Monza on September 8, 2013 in Monza, Italy.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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2013 Italian Grand Prix, Monza

Sebastian Vettel extended his championship lead with a routine pole-to-flag victory at the Italian Grand Prix.

Once the German had made his way to the first corner in front, he was rarely challenged, with Fernando Alonso in second more concerned about Mark Webber behind him than the world champion ahead.

It was a procession, and met with boos from the Ferrari faithful who had hoped to see a home victory.

Felipe Massa took a creditable fourth, though Nico Hulkenberg—tipped by some to replace him at Ferrari—next year, may have overshadowed him with fifth.

The rest of the top 10 was made up of Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

The story was at the front, however, where Vettel collected his 32nd GP win, the third of his career at Monza, and moved 53 points clear of Alonso in the championship race. 

A fourth straight title appears to be only a matter of time.

Here's how the race unfolded: