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Vettel takes easy lights to flag victory in Italy
Sunday 08th September 2013, 14:32 by TF1T Staff
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Sebastian Vettel further extended his championship advantage with an unchallenged lights to flag victory in the 2013 Italian Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver didn't have everything go his own way after a lock-up on the first lap left him with some overheating concerns before gearbox troubles hit both him and team-mate Mark Webber, forcing them to short-shift.
However, the issues didn't seem to concern the German much as he powered to his sixth win of the season ahead of second placed man Fernando Alonso who narrowly beat Webber.
Felipe Massa barely clung on to the top three despite a great start which put him second, before he was told to concede the position to his team-mate at Ferrari's home race.
Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg finished fifth ahead of Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo and Romain Grosjean.
The final points were awarded to Lewis Hamilton in ninth after a battle through the field from 15th thanks to an early puncture. Jenson Button took the final point for McLaren.
Race Result - 2013 Italian Grand Prix:
# Driver Team Gap Pts 01. S. Vettel Red Bull 25 02. F. Alonso Ferrari +5.4 18 03. M. Webber Red Bull +6.3 15 04. F. Massa Ferrari +9.3 12 05. N. Hulkenberg Sauber +10.3 10 06. N. Rosberg Mercedes +10.9 8 07. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso +32.3 6 08. R. Grosjean Lotus +33.1 4 09. L. Hamilton Mercedes +33.5 2 10. J. Button McLaren +38.3 1 11. K. Raikkonen Lotus +38.6 12. S. Perez McLaren +39.7 13. E. Gutierrez Sauber +40.8 14. P. Maldonado Williams +49.0 15. V. Bottas Williams +56.8 16. A. Sutil Force India +1 lap 17. C. Pic Caterham +1 lap 18. G. van der Garde Caterham +1 lap 19. J. Bianchi Marussia +1 lap 20. M. Chilton Marussia +1 lap 21. J-E. Vergne Toro Rosso Retired 22. P. di Resta Force India Retired
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