Italian Grand Prix Results

Thanks to an unbelievably high rate of attrition for the Italian Grand Prix this past weekend, my results were skewed a bit, however, I did manage to correctly guesstimate the results of three of the drivers including both Ferraris and, of course, Sebastian Vettel. After a blistering start by Fernando Alonso (which I now come to expect, but also realize is a very fleeting show by the Spaniard) Vettel managed to push past and never once looked back. Vettel romped to such an easy and relaxing victory that the television never really even looked in on him for the entire race. It’s almost automatic now to see him fly off into the distance and just concentrate on who will come in second or third, because that seems to be the more prevalent race.

In any case, the first corner of the first lap was a very interesting one this time as all the cars sped down to the extremely tight chicane and Alonso blasted out in the lead. Behind him, and from the back of the grid, Vitantonio Luizzi lost control of his car when it ended up on the grass and he barreled into a bunch of unsuspecting cars, including Nico Rosberg and Vitaly Petrov, both of whom looked poised to score good points this race. The incident was quite dramatic and Luizzi has actually received a five grid-spot penalty for his action, which I don’t understand as he was pretty much driven off the circuit after making a great start and then lost control once he was pushed toward the grass. But such is the oddness behind the calls made by the higher ups in F1.

After the debris was cleaned up and the safety car dove into the pits, it was just a matter of time before Vettel shot past and once he did it was all over for the rest of the field. Behind him, the battle over second came to the fore, as Jenson Button eventually passed Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and then Fernando Alonso to take the spot. He has put in a lot of great drives this year and deserves his reputation as an unerringly smooth and meticulous driver.

As it stands, Vettel is so far out in front that if he… sorry, WHEN he wins the next race in Singapore, he will officially clinch the world title. Alonso is currently second in the driver’s standings, but by such a large margin that catching up is impossible. So, here’s an early congratulations to the 2011 world champion Sebastian Vettel, and here are the results of the 2011 Italian Grand Prix.

1. Sebastian Vettel

2. Jenson Button

3. Fernando Alonso

4. Lewis Hamilton

5. Michael Schumacher

6. Felipe Massa

7. Jaime Alguersuari

8. Paul di Resta

9. Bruno Senna

10. Sebastian Buemi

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