Vettel clinches Italian GP

Defending champion in sight of retaining Formula One title.


Afp September 11, 2011

MONZA: Sebastian Vettel shed tears after moving to within sight of retaining his Formula One drivers’ world championship with a comprehensive victory for Red Bull in the Italian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old German now leads the title chase by 112 points ahead of Fernando Alonso of Ferrari in the 2011 title race.

Tears ran down Vettel’s cheeks during the anthems as, he said later, he reflected on his feelings three years on from his maiden victory at the same circuit and in the same event in 2008, when he won the race for Toro Rosso.

“I was emotional and I was thinking of all those things, everything that happened,” admitted Vettel.

“ I didn’t get the best start and I was on the grass, but it all worked out thanks to the team.”

Jenson Button finished second in the leading McLaren, the Englishman taking full advantage of a battle between his teammate and compatriot Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, 42, of Mercedes, to finish on the podium after a typically well-judged drive.

Alonso took third while Hamilton came home fourth with Schumacher, a five-times winner at Monza, finishing fifth for Mercedes.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th,  2011.

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