Italian Grand Prix: A Superstar is Born
Under rainy conditions this weekend, the Italian Grand Prix was the theatre of the first career Formula One victory of Sebastian Vettel.
After setting a new record yesterday as being the youngest driver in F1 history to start from the pole position, the German pilot brought his Toro Rosso in first place today. At 20-years old, Vettel sets another F1 record as being the youngest driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso was holding the record of being youngest pilot to register a victory before today's race. The amazing fact about Vettel's win is that it was accomplished with a very ordinary race car. At the same time, the Toro Rosso team also gets it's first taste at victory.
Heikki Kovalainen and Robert Kubica completed today's podium. Kubica's performance is also worth of mention as he took the start from the 11th place. A perfect pit stop strategy allowed Kubica to wear the right type of tires at the right time.
As for the points leaders, they had to race for the last available points. Felipe Massa finished in sixth place while Lewis Hamilton settled for a seventh position. Hamilton's lead over Massa for the drivers championship now consists in a single point. McLaren appealed of last week's penalty on Lewis Hamilton and their case will be heard on September 22nd. A definitive decision will be taken the very next day.
But today's race and focus belongs to Sebastian Vettel. A very promising future is ahead of him. A new superstar is born!
Italian Grand Prix top ten finish:
Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso)
2-Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren) +12.5 seconds
3-Robert Kubica (BMW-Sauber) +20.4 seconds
4-Fernando Alonso (Renault) +23.9 seconds
5-Nick Heidfeld (BMW-Sauber) +27.7 seconds
6-Felipe Massa (Ferrari) +28.8 seconds
7-Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) +29.9 seconds
8-Mark Webber (Red Bull) +32.0 seconds
9-Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +39.4 seconds
10-Nelson Piquet Jr (Renault) +54.4 seconds
Drivers championship after 14/18 races:
1-Lewis Hamilton 78 points
2-Felipe Massa 77 points
3-Robert Kubica 64 points
4-Kimi Raikkonen 57 points
5-Nick Heidfeld 53 points
6-Heikki Kovalainen 51 points
7-Fernando Alonso 28 points
8-Jarno Trulli 26 points
9-Sebastian Vettel 23 points
10-Mark Vebber 20 points
11-Timo Glock 15 points
12-Nelson Piquet Jr 13 points
13-Rubens Barrichello 11 points
14-Nico Rosberg 9 points
15-Kazuki Nakajima 8 points
16-David Coulthard 6 points
17-Sebastien Bourdais 4 points
18-Jenson Button 3 points
1-Ferrari 134 points
2-McLaren 129 points
3-BMW-Sauber 117 points
4-Toyota 41 points
5-Renault 41 points
6-Toro Rosso 27 points
7-Red Bull 26 points
8-Williams 17 points
9-Honda 14 points
(Picture: Sebastian Vettel, Getty Images.)
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