Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel had his eight win for the 2011 Formula 1 at the Italian Grand Prix. Jenson Button took second place while Fernando Alonso got third place. Lewis Hamilton ranked fourth after having been caught behind Michael Schumacher.
Mark Webber is Vettel’s closest rival when it comes to points but he crashed out early in the race. For a short period, Alonso took the lead early in the race from being fourth on the grid. Vettel, who was the poleman, was challenged by Hamilton before Alonso emerged down the inside, briefly driving through the grass and then slipping ahead.
Hamilton ran out of space and so he had to drop to third behind Vettel. A safety car had to be called due to the crash that resulted when Tonio Liuzzi lost control of his HRT under braking and travelled to the inside grass before crashing into Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg, and Renault’s Vitaly Petrov in the middle of the Rettifilio.
The traffic jam affected Rubens Barrichello's Williams and Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber. To avoid this carnage, Renault’s Bruno Senna, Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi, and Force India’s Adrian Sutil had to drive through the gravel.
During the lap four restart, Hamilton was surprised by Schumacher, who had pushed his Mercedes to fourth at the beginning and then stole third place away from the McLaren. At the same time, Webber took sixth place from Button as both lost some ground at the start.
However, when the Red Bull went up against Felipe Massa into the first chicane a lap later, Webber tagged the Ferrari into a spin and this smashed the front wing, which folded under the car and led to the crash at the Parabolica.