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2011 Italian F1: Vettel wins again but Schumacher shows us how its done

By Rigval on 14 Sep 2011

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The 2011 Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix was another one of those action packed races this season where Sebastian Vettel won. Yes, that chap may still be knocking the socks off the other contestants but it isn't a dull one horse race at all. He may be impervious at this moment but I don't really care because after the recent mid-season break we're actually seeing some movement from the other teams. Ferrari and McLaren seem to have gotten their form back as Jenson Button came in second for McLaren and Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari

Vettel drove impeccably and even did a brilliant overtaking move against Alonso early on in the race. But what really got me extremely enthralled with the Italian Grand Prix was Michael Schumacher's ultra defensive (or aggressive – depending on your point of view) driving against Lewis Hamilton. It was neck and neck, or tire to tire. It was again watching a maestro at work and this master was saddled with a slower car but he still made it extremely difficult for the opponent to pass by.

Some may think that Schumacher was being selfish and reckless in defending third position at that time but this is like how he was in the 1990s and in the early 2000s, very, very ruthless. I have also got to hand it to Lewis Hamilton for not losing his cool. The outcome was inevitable as Hamilton did have the faster car on track and this proved to be true in the end with Schumacher yielding slightly in the end (finishing in 5th). But it was 28 laps of rip roaring racing. Hamilton was even forced to the grass at one stage of the duel. It was bloody marvelous racing and two Formula 1 champions dueling it out was a moment to remember.

Anyway, Sebastian Vettel leaves the Italian Grand Prix with a 112 point advantage over second placed Fernando Alonso (who was placed 3rd in this race). The next race will be Singapore, a race many of us will be looking forward to watching it live instead of on the telly. Unless the traffic and crowds are too much of a bother that is.

01. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h20:46.172
02. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 9.590
03. Alonso Ferrari + 16.909
04. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 17.471
05. Schumacher Mercedes + 32.677
06. Massa Ferrari + 42.993
07. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
08. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 1 lap
09. Senna Renault + 1 lap
10. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
11. Maldonado Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
12. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
13. Kovalainen Lotus-Renault + 1 lap
14. Trulli Lotus-Renault + 2 laps
15. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 2 laps
Did Not Finish
Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 40
Perez Sauber-Ferrari 34
Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 23
Sutil Force India-Mercedes 11
Webber Red Bull-Renault 6
D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 3
Petrov Renault 1
Rosberg Mercedes 1
Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1

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photo credit:planetf1

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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