2011 Italian Grand Prix

Formula 1

The Italian Grand Prix gave a bigger lead to Sebastian Vettel and netted Bruno Senna his first points finish.

Monza can be a difficult track, and it tends to reward only those drivers who are really on their game. This weekend, therefore, saw a much higher number of DNF's, eight in total, than one usually sees in an F1 race. A massive accident, caused by Tonio Liuzzi, knocked several drivers out on the first lap, and sent several more into the pits for repairs, although none of these were front-runners. Following this incident, Fernando Alonso was in the lead.

The championship was already out of Alonso's reach this year, but Ferrari would have liked to have that home win. Shortly thereafter, Red Bull's Mark Webber, in an attempt to pass Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, crashed himself out of the race as well. The battle for first place then became a three-way race between Alonso, McLaren's Jenson Button and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel. Fourth place was determined by a fight between Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, which lasted most of the race.

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In the end, it was Vettel in first, followed by Button. Ferrari had to settle for just being on the podium at all, with a third-place finish for Alonso. Particularly pleased with his race was Bruno Senna, whose ninth-place finish earned him the first points of his F1 career, and justified the position he now occupies at Renault.

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