Sebastian Vettel won the 2013 Italian Grand Prix

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 10, 2013

The Italian Grand Prix was won by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, allowing him to move 53 points ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the Formula One championship with six wins after participating in 12 races. Vettel, the triple champ who took his 32nd win in his career and his third at Monza and was poorly received by Ferrari fans, was the leader from pole position.

Alonso arrived at the finish line 5.4 seconds later to take second place while Red Bull's Mark Webber (who intends to leave Formula One when the season ends) got third place in his final grand prix in Europe. Ferrari's Felipe Massa was left with no place on the podium. This is the first time for Webber to be seen on the Monza podium.

After this race, Vettel has 222 points while Alonso has 169 points. Lewis Hamilton, the Italian GP winner last year but who finished ninth for Mercedes at the fastest circuit on the calendar, has 141 points. There are seven races to go for this season. During the podium interview, Vettel said that he just had a “fantastic race.” Of course, the Ferrari fans weren’t too happy and booed him.

Vettel faced some problems during the race, with a tire issue in his first stint and some mechanical problems, specifically the gearboxes, towards the end. Vettel achieved the first win of his F1 career at Monza for the Italian team Toro Rosso. When interviewed, Alonso said that he felt good about taking second place at the “most spectacular podium of the year.” He said that he hopes to be back next year with the first place finish.

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