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Italian GP 2010: Alonso Takes Italian Victory In Strategic Fashion

Fernando Alonso took victory as a Ferrari driver on his first Italian GP with the marque.  He held 2nd place for most of the race behind Jenson Button who he passed late on in a pitlane strategic manoeuvre meaning the current world champion had to settle for 2nd.

Felipe Massa was 3rd.

Race Review

Button had the choice of starts from the front, and got ahead of an ailing Fernando Alonso through the first few corners.  There was no love lost between Alonso and Massa who banged wheels until the second chicane when Alonso fought in front to chase Button down.

At that second chicane, Lewis Hamilton tried to slide down the inside of Massa but hit the Brazilian’s sidepod and broke his steering, putting him out of the race just a handful of corners in.  Not a weekend to remember for the ’08 champion.

The only consolation prize for Hamilton was that title rival Mark Webber had been shuffled back down to 9th place as others, including his team mate Sebastian Vettel managed to get around him.

The top 3 cars pulled well away from Nico Rosberg in third who cruised around for majority of the race unharmed in his Mercedes.  However he would eventually drop down to 5th, as Vettel who had struggled with brake problems and seemingly let his team mate round would gain 4th by staying out for 52 of the 53 laps on the same set of tyres.

Alonso chased Button down for most of the race until lap 35 when the British driver blinked and pitted for tyres, while Alonso stayed out on extra lap to do a quick one on the old heavily worn soft Bridgestones.  Button’s stop was 4.2 seconds.  Alonso pitted at the end of a quick lap, his stop was less and he drag raced Button out of the pitlane, just managing to stay ahead.

He would hold that position until the end of the race scoring a win for Ferarri at home in his first season.  Button and Massa both picked up vital points, but Alonso is now right back into the thick of the championship action thanks to Mark Webber’s low finish and Hamilton’s DNF.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Alonso        Ferrari                    1h16:24.572
 2.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           +     2.938
 3.  Massa         Ferrari                    +     4.223
 4.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +    28.193
 5.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    29.942
 6.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    31.276
 7.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Cosworth          +    32.812
 8.  Kubica        Renault                    +    34.028
 9.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +    44.948
10.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +  1:04.213
11.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:05.056
12.  Liuzzi        Force India-Mercedes       +  1:06.106
13.  Petrov        Renault                    +  1:18.919
14.  De la Rosa    Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
15.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
17.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
18.  Kovalainen    Lotus-Cosworth             +    2 laps
19.  Di Grassi     Virgin-Cosworth            +    2 laps
20.  Yamamoto      HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps

Fastest lap: Alonso, 1:24.139

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Trulli        Lotus-Cosworth               47
Senna         HRT-Cosworth                 12
Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes             1
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