Sebastian Vettel sealed his 32nd Grand Prix victory with a dominant win in the Italian GP at Monza.
The German led from the start and, despite talk of a gearbox issue, had enough of a cushion to come home with some comfort.
Fernando Alonso did his best to reduce the damage to his world title hopes by taking second place in front of the tifosi, while Mark Webber grabbed third place.
Here's how the race unfolded, and what it means for the title race.
The Race Weekend on Bleacher Report
Thursday—the Italian Grand Prix preview
Friday and Saturday—the story of practice and qualifying
Sunday—the Italian Grand Prix live blog
Results in Full, via Formula1.com
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||53||Winner||1||25|
|2||3||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari||53||+5.4 secs||5||18|
|3||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||53||+6.3 secs||2||15|
|4||4||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||53||+9.3 secs||4||12|
|5||11||Nico Hulkenberg||Sauber-Ferrari||53||+10.3 secs||3||10|
|6||9||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||53||+10.9 secs||6||8|
|7||19||Daniel Ricciardo||STR-Ferrari||53||+32.3 secs||7||6|
|8||8||Romain Grosjean||Lotus-Renault||53||+33.1 secs||13||4|
|9||10||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||53||+33.5 secs||12||2|
|10||5||Jenson Button||McLaren-Mercedes||53||+38.3 secs||9||1|
|11||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus-Renault||53||+38.6 secs||11|
|12||6||Sergio Perez||McLaren-Mercedes||53||+39.7 secs||8|
|13||12||Esteban Gutierrez||Sauber-Ferrari||53||+40.8 secs||16|
|14||16||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault||53||+49.0 secs||14|
|15||17||Valtteri Bottas||Williams-Renault||53||+56.8 secs||18|
|16||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||52||+1 Lap||17|
|17||20||Charles Pic||Caterham-Renault||52||+1 Lap||20|
|18||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||52||+1 Lap||19|
|19||22||Jules Bianchi||Marussia-Cosworth||52||+1 Lap||21|
|20||23||Max Chilton||Marussia-Cosworth||52||+1 Lap||22|
|Ret||18||Jean-Eric Vergne||STR-Ferrari||14||+39 Laps||10|
|Ret||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||0||Accident||15|
Here is the drivers' title race after Monza, round 12 of 19 this season (via Formula1.com):
Here are the updated team standings after Monza (via Formula1.com):
Vettel's victory was an important one in the title race, but the Italian crowd did not much care for it and made their voices heard during the podium presentation:
Ooh that booing is harsh...— F1 Racing (@F1Racing_mag) September 8, 2013
Vettel: "Fantastic race, you can hear the difference when you don't win here in a red suit. I get a lot of that [booing]" #F1onNBC— F1® Racing on NBC (@F1onNBCSports) September 8, 2013
Vettel: "Usually this is one of the toughest tracks we go to but this year the car has been absolutely fantastic. Very great to win here."— F1® Racing on NBC (@F1onNBCSports) September 8, 2013
Webber happy to get on podium at Monza but "the atmosphere was not correct, Sebastian won the race ... but that's their choice" #F1— ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) September 8, 2013
Fernando Alonso declined to talk about the booing, referring instead to a decent result against an in-form opponent.
Alonso on strategy: "We had to take some risks - and we did. We are second in the championship and we have to try some things. It’s OK.”— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) September 8, 2013
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton declared himself out of the title race after a disappointing weekend from which he could only salvage ninth place:
Hamilton: "V disappointed with myself. I blew it in qualifying and impossible to catch up. A disaster. Obviously that's that for the champ"— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) September 8, 2013
Fastest in practice, top of Q1, Q2, and Q3, and led from start to finish on Sunday. There's not much wrong with Vettel's race weekend, and he's hurtling towards a fourth straight world title.
In his final attempt, the Australian finally made the podium in Monza, and it was a fitting way for a committed racer to sign off from European F1 racing. His finish was more warmly received than his teammate's, too.
Quietly bagged a fifth place for a Sauber team which has disappointed for the most part this season. The next man up the road, Felipe Massa, will be aware that the vultures are circling overhead, and Hulkenberg is an obvious choice for that Ferrari seat.
Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen
Both had better cars than their finishes (ninth and 11th respectively) indicated. Hamilton by his own admission felt he drove "like an idiot" in qualifying, while Raikkonen's race was effectively over from the moment he had his nose cone replaced after a lap one shunt.
This is becoming a bit unseemly. Winner again, booed again. Vettel tried to put a brave face on it (see the post-race reaction slide 6), but it must be unpleasant to be criticised for a combination of doing your job well and not being Fernando Alonso.
The Italian Crowd
To which end, their love of all things Alonso and Ferrari is understandable, but their treatment of a race winner in Monza was poor. There was nothing underhand or unfair about Vettel's victory today—he simply was a cut above in a superior car all weekend long.