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Sebastian Vettel extends Championships lead

Sebastian Vettel is much closer to a fourth consecutive Drivers’ Championship title after he managed to keep off Fernando Alonso in the Italian Grand Prix at the weekend. In order to let other drivers back into the race for the Drivers’ Championship, someone is going to need to stop Sebastian Vettel from winning the majority of the Grand Slams as the German is well on his way for yet another Drivers Championship. However, Vettel has said that he has not won the title just yet and he must continue his fine form throughout the remaining races.

Sebastian Vettel stated, “There are a lot of races to come, a lot of points to score, and you don’t have to be a genius to work out there are more points to score than we currently have.” So he is aware that Alonso, or even Lewis Hamilton or Kimi Raikkonen could still catch up with the German, no matter how unlikely. Sebastian Vettel is in some of the best form of his career winning Grand Prix’s on a regular basis therefore it is unlikely that his opposition are going to somehow overtake him in the race for the title.

Sebastian Vettel with another comfortable victory

As soon as Sebastian Vettel grabbed pole position from the first two days, he was never going to throw away his lead in the actual Italian Grand Prix. Considering that in the past 14 years, 11 people who have started from pole have never lost the Italian Grand Prix, it was unlikely that Vettel was going to lose. Even though Fernando Alonso had the backing of the crowd, as the Italians adore their own make of car Ferrari, the Spaniard could not seem to pass Vettel and keep his place as the German proved to be too good winning by 5.467 seconds.

Once Alonso had made a delayed pit stop, it was game over for him as it gave Vettel a 10 second lead on lap 27 and it gave him the challenge of keeping Mark Webber in third place. So instead of pushing on to try and challenge Vettel for the win, the risky late pit stop back fired and meant that Alonso had the tough task and battle with Webber for second. Lewis Hamilton fell well back at 9th after a punctured tyre meant he had to take an extra pit stop over his fellow drivers. The shock performance was Nico Huelkenberg who drove Sauber to 5th, their best finish of the year so far.

Sebastian Vettel was being booed by the fans as he did not race for their favourite team, Ferrari. Yet the German spoke about it after winning the Italian Grand prix, “It was a fantastic race but you can hear the difference when you don’t win here in a red suit. But it means you have done well and beaten the red men but it was a great team effort today. The race was terrific for both of us (Vettel and Webber). We had problems with the gearboxes at the end, but I was OK because I had a good cushion.”

Author Daniel Foster.
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