MONZA (Reuters) – German Sebastian Vettel has widened his lead in the World Championship winning Formula One with authority on Italian Grand Prix, ahead of Briton Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso of Spain.
Leading from the fourth round after a good start to Alonso, the German driver now has 112 steps ahead in the standings with his eighth win of the season.
With only 150 points at stake during the last six races, the victory seems more and more promised in the title holder.
Mark Webber, Vettel’s teammate at Red Bull, did not finish the race and give up second place in favor of Fernando Alonso.
Already a winner on the circuit in 2008 Lombard, German 24-year-old lets his emotions when back on the podium.
“When you stand there, you feel blessed,” he said, before adding: “Obviously, the first was very special, but be back here … it’s unbelievable.”
The Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso delighted Italian audiences early in the race, taking advantage of a clash between Vitantonio Liuzzi, Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov.
Lewis Hamilton finished the race, but just off the podium, after a duel with veteran Michael Schumacher, five times winner on the circuit.
The tussle has benefited Jenson Button who was able to overcome the two pilots in the process.
“I do not know if we could compete with Sebastian today, it’s a shame that we have done such a poor start,” said the Briton.
Supported by the Italian fans, Schumacher finally finished in the points, in fifth place.
Brazilian Bruno Senna, nephew of Ayrton, has also taken points, the first of his career in Formula 1, to the line in ninth position.