Mark Webber re-captured the lead of the world championship on Sunday, despite finishing the Italian grand prix in just sixth place.

The Australian had yet another poor start and then a frustrating race, gesticulating angrily as Williams' Nico Hulkenberg went off the track but refused to yield.

"We underperformed as a team," Webber told Belgian TV RTBF.

He might also have been disappointed to finish two positions behind his teammate Sebastian Vettel, despite the young German losing position earlier in the race with a coughing engine.

But with former championship leader Lewis Hamilton crashing out of the race after hitting Felipe Massa, it nonetheless means Webber takes a five-point title lead, albeit now with a much-reduced advantage over the championship chasers.

"The championship is not over," Hamilton told the BBC, "but it's mistakes like I made today that lose world championships."

Fernando Alonso is the big points winner with his popular race win in front of thousands of Ferrari's ardent Tifosi.

The Spaniard was 41 points behind when he drove away from pole position, but that deficit is now halved to 21.

And early Monza leader Jenson Button was 35 points behind before Sunday's race, but by finishing second the gap to the leader is now just 22.

But it might have been a race win for the reigning world champion, who openly questioned McLaren's decision to bring him in for his pitstop behind Alonso's Ferrari team that was ready to pounce.

"It was a little bit disappointing to find myself in that position," said Button, "but I don't think we had the pace of Ferrari today."

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 53 1:16:24.572 1 25
2 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 53 +2.9 secs 2 18
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 53 +4.2 secs 3 15
4 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 53 +28.1 secs 6 12
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 53 +29.9 secs 7 10
6 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 53 +31.2 secs 4 8
7 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 53 +32.8 secs 8 6
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 53 +34.0 secs 9 4
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 53 +44.9 secs 12 2
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 53 +64.2 secs 10 1
11 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 53 +65.0 secs 14
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 53 +66.1 secs 19
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 53 +78.9 secs 20
14 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 16
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 15
16 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 11
17 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 24
18 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 18
19 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 23
20 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 50 +3 Laps 21
Ret 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 46 Gearbox 17
Ret 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 11 +42 Laps 22
Ret 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 0 Accident 5
Ret 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 0 Gearbox 13

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