Sebastian Vettel took a big step towards his fourth consecutive world championship with a comfortable victory at the Italian Grand Prix. Having held on to his lead from pole position, Vettel was never in danger as he eased away at the front. At one stage Fernando Alonso threatened to close the gap ahead of the pit stops but Vettel's opening laps on the hard tyre at the start of the second stint ensured he retained a comfortable lead and he eased home by 5.4 seconds after slowing in the final laps. There were a few frayed nerves on the pit wall as Vettel was ordered to look after his front tyres and gearbox, but the RB9 barely skipped a beat as it took the reigning champion to his sixth victory of 2013.

There was even more joy for the fizzy drinks backed squad as Mark Webber overcame some gearbox issues in the race, which forced him to short shift out of second and third gear corners, and with third place claimed his first ever podium at Monza at his final Formula 1 race on European soil. In the middle of the Red Bull sandwich in the final standings was Alonso, embroiled in Ferrari politics, the Spaniard set these aside and from fifth on the grid took second place to the delight of the tifosi. The result keeps the Spaniard in the title hunt for now, and with Vettel on a streak damage limitation on the points front was vital. In that sense it was mission accomplished for the Maranello squad.

Alonso had a move of day. A beautifully judged move around the outside into the Roggia chicane on lap three took Alonso past Webber's Red Bull for third, as they went wheel to wheel right through the complex, making only slight contact on the exit.Nico Hulkenberg lived up to his qualifying performance by settling his Sauber into fifth place. He had Nico Rosberg's Mercedes in often very close company all afternoon, but kept his compatriot at bay and finished just a few seconds behind Alonso, Webber and Massa at the end of an outstanding weekend.
53 laps, 306.720km., Weather: Sunny.

 P.    DRIVER              TEAM             TIME     
 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull        1h18:33.352
 2. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari          +    5.467
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull         +    6.350
 4. Felipe Massa          Ferrari          +    9.361
 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber           +   10.355
 6. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes AMG     +   10.999
 7. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso       +   32.329
 8. Romain Grosjean       Lotus            +   33.130
 9. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes AMG     +   33.527
10. Jenson Button         McLaren          +   38.327
11. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus            +   38.695
12. Sergio Perez          McLaren          +   39.765
13. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber           +   40.880
14. Pastor Maldonado      Williams         +   49.085
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams         +   56.827
16. Adrian Sutil          Force India      +    1 lap
17. Charles Pic           Caterham         +    1 lap
18. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham         +    1 lap
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia         +    1 lap
20. Max Chilton           Marussia         +    1 lap

Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton - 1:25.849

DRIVER                 TEAM           On Lap         
Jean-Eric Vergne       Toro Rosso       35
Paul di Resta          Force India       1

After 12 Races:                
 Drivers:                 Constructors:              
 1. Vettel        222     1. Red Bull         352
 2. Alonso        169     2. Ferrari          248
 3. Hamilton      141     3. Mercedes AMG     245
 4. Raikkonen     134     4. Lotus            191
 5. Webber        130     5. McLaren           66
 6. Rosberg       104     6. Force India       61
 7. Massa          79     7. Toro Rosso        31
 8. Grosjean       57     8. Sauber            17
 9. Button         48     9. Williams           1
10. Di Resta       36       
11. Sutil          25       
12. Perez          18       
13. Ricciardo      18       
14. Hulkenberg     17       
15. Vergne         13       
16. Maldonado       1