Fernando Alonso wins Italian F1 Grand Prix
- The Spanish pilot crossed the finish line ahead of Briton Jenson Button.
Following this victory, the third of this season and his second at Monza, Alonso rises to third place in the Formula 1 ranking, 21 points behind the new leader, Australian Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault), who ended sixth today, and 16 points behind Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (McLaren -Mercedes), who had to abandon in the first round. There are now five races left in the F1 World Cup.
In Belgium two weeks ago it was Alonso who felt that things were all uphill right from the first lap, this Sunday was quite the contrary, despite having a poor start, which made him lose the first spot to Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes), but despite this poor start, things improved for Alonso, when championship leader Briton Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes), hit Massa and broke his right front suspension and was forced to leave the bout.
Once the race stabilized, Button raced in first place followed like if they were his shadow by Alonso and Massa, while the German Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) lead the second group, formed by the Red Bull-Renault with German Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. This last driver also had a bad start, in which he lost five positions.
With Alonso less than a second behind Button, it was clear that the race would depend on the mandatory pit stop to change tires.
The soft tires that all cars used to start off would not suffer much during the race and drivers knew that the longer they took to stop the greater advantage they would have.
Button left to change wheels on lap 37 and Alonso remained on track taking the lap at full speed. Then the Ferrari mechanics did their best to reduce the time in pits, scraping eight tenths of a second off the time it took McLaren, just enough to give the Alonso the opportunity to return to the track right in front of Button.
Alonso and Button struggled for the first place in the first two vehicles, but the Ferrari driver managed to keep ahead in the race and crossed the finish line as the winner of the Grand Prix of Italy, to the delight of the “tifossi.”