He didn't see the chequered flag first, but Fernando Alonso was the big winner on Sunday. In front of Ferrari's adoring Tifosi at historic Monza, the Spaniard managed to extend his championship lead...

He didn't see the chequered flag first, but Fernando Alonso was the big winner on Sunday.

In front of Ferrari's adoring Tifosi at historic Monza, the Spaniard managed to extend his championship lead from 24 to 37 points, after seeing his 40-point lead diminish in the Spa crash a week ago.

Having qualified a miserable tenth on Saturday, Alonso pulled off Sunday's feat by finishing third, behind his new nearest challenger Lewis Hamilton (1st) and Sauber's charging Sergio Perez (2nd).

"We had the pace to recover," a delighted Alonso told Niki Lauda on the podium.

Defending champion and 2011 Monza winner Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, has sunk from second in the standings to just fourth; the Red Bull driver's race collapsing with a penalty for forcing Alonso wide, and then ending completely with another alternator failure.

Other title challengers Mark Webber and Jenson Button also failed to finish on Sunday, leaving Kimi Raikkonen now third in the drivers' standings with seven races to go.

 

 

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Grid

Pts

1

4

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

53

1:19:41.221

1

25

2

15

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

53

+4.3 secs

12

18

3

5

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

53

+20.5 secs

10

15

4

6

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

53

+29.6 secs

3

12

5

9

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

53

+30.8 secs

7

10

6

7

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

53

+31.2 secs

4

8

7

8

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

53

+33.5 secs

6

6

8

11

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

53

+41.0 secs

9

4

9

14

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

53

+43.8 secs

8

2

10

19

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

53

+48.1 secs

13

1

11

18

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

53

+48.6 secs

22

 

12

16

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

53

+50.3 secs

14

 

13

10

Jerome D'Ambrosio

Lotus-Renault

53

+75.8 secs

15

 

14

20

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

52

+1 Lap

17

 

15

21

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

52

+1 Lap

18

 

16

25

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

52

+1 Lap

20

 

17

24

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

52

+1 Lap

19

 

18

22

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

52

+1 Lap

23

 

19

23

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

52

+1 Lap

21

 

20

2

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

51

Spin

11

 

21

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

50

Brakes

24

 

22

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

47

Alternator

5

 

Ret

3

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

32

Fuel system

2

 

Ret

17

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

8

Spin

16

 

Note - Maldonado dropped five grid spots for a jump start and five for causing a collision at the previous round. Di Resta dropped five for an unscheduled gearbox change.

 

 

 

Be part of something big