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Mike Stevens | Sep, 12 2011 | 2 Comments

Sebastian Vettel could wrap up his second world championship in Singapore.

The German pulled out another 20 points in his runaway title lead on Sunday by dominantly winning the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

There are just 150 points left to win in 2011, and Vettel's lead is now 112.

"Are we watching one of the true greats?" BBC commentator David Coulthard wondered. Vettel's overtaking move on Alonso to claim the lead was one of the greatest - and bravest - in many years.

Asked if he will be celebrating his second title in two weeks, Red Bull's Vettel answered with a grin: "I think we have put ourselves in a very good position."

"The car was amazing in qualifying yesterday and in the race today it was even better. The start was not that good, Fernando was suddenly there and I didn’t know where he was coming from – it took me a while to see we were three going into Turn 1," Vettel said.

"I kept second place and then after the restart, I was able to pass Alonso. He didn’t give me much room there, but it was just enough."

F1's other two-time world champions are Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mika Hakkinen and Fernando Alonso.

(GMM)

 

Webber on his DNF in Italy

“I didn't get the best start, me and Jenson were together, so I lost a few spots there. I think also Sebastian didn’t either, so there were a few different starts going on. Fernando made a phenomenal one.

"Then there was the restart after the safety car; I got a good one that time and managed to pass Jenson straight away.

"Then, on the next lap, I was lining up Felipe, breaking around the outside for turn 1, trying to get the inside line for turn two. I probably wasn't quite far enough to get completely inside, but when I tried to come out of the move the kerbing on the inside is obviously pretty high; as soon as I touched that I unfortunately made contact with Felipe and that was that.

"I then tried to get back to the pits, trying to lose the minimum time possible, the car wasn't too bad for the first part of the lap, but at some stage the wing got caught underneath, so I couldn’t turn the car or brake. I went straight out of Parabolica and that was the end of my race.”

(GMM)

 

Team Lotus confirms Trulli for 2012

Jarno Trulli is staying with Team Lotus in 2012, the Tony Fernandes-led outfit announced on Sunday morning.

Ahead of the 37-year-old's 15th home race at Monza, a media statement said Italian Trulli will race a third consecutive season with Team Lotus next year.

"We are all delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement to keep Jarno on board for at least one more year with our team," said boss and owner Fernandes.

Trulli made his debut as a 22-year-old with Minardi in 1997, and has also driven for Jordan, Renault and Toyota.

His sole grand prix win was the Monaco grand prix of 2004.

(GMM)

 

Mercedes offers Rosberg new three-year deal

Nico Rosberg has been offered a new contract to keep him at Mercedes GP for at least four more years.

That is the claim on Sunday of the German Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that negotiations between the Brackley based team and the 26-year-old driver are "ongoing".

The German marque's Norbert Haug said: "Nico and Mercedes are interested in a very long term cooperation."

Rosberg's current contract runs until the end of next year. He says he is sure Mercedes will soon build him a winning car.

"When I see what's happening in the factory, I'm very confident," said the German.

Should Rosberg accept Mercedes' new offer, he would therefore not be available to switch to Ferrari or Red Bull when Felipe Massa and Mark Webber's current deals expire.

His teammate Michael Schumacher's contract also runs out next year.

The seven-time world champion told Kleine Zeitung newspaper at Monza: "I will definitely be here next year, then we will see what happens."

(GMM)

 

2011 F1 Italian Grand Prix Results

Pos. Driver Team Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 53
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren +9.5s 53
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +16.9s 53
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren +17.4s 53
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP +32.6s 53
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari +42.9s 53
7 19 Jaime Alguersuari Red Bull +1 lap 52
8 15 Paul di Resta Force India +1 lap 52
9 9 Bruno Senna Lotus Renault +1 lap 52
10 18 Sebastien Buemi Red Bull +1 lap 52
11 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 +1 lap 52
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams F1 +1 lap 52
13 20 Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus +2 laps 51
14 21 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus +2 laps 51
15 24 Timo Glock Marussia Virgin +2 laps 51
NC 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT F1 +14 laps 39
Ret. 17 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 +21 laps 32
Ret. 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 +32 laps 21
Ret. 14 Adrian Sutil Force India +44 laps 9
Ret. 2 Mark Webber Red Bull +49 laps 4
Ret. 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Marussia Virgin +52 laps 1
Ret. 10 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault Accident 0
Ret. 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Accident 0
Ret. 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT F1 Accident 0
 

2011 F1 Standings

Drivers:

Pos. Driver Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 284
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 172
3 Jenson Button McLaren 167
4 Mark Webber Red Bull 167
5 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 158
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 82
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 56
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 52
9 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault 34
10 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault 34
11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 27
12 Adrian Sutil Force India 24
13 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 16
14 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 13
15 Paul di Resta Force India 12
16 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 8
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams F1 4
18 Bruno Senna Lotus Renault 2
19 Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1
20 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber F1 0
21 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 0
22 Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 0
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT F1 0
24 Jerome d'Ambrosio Marussia Virgin 0
25 Timo Glock Marussia Virgin 0
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT F1 0
27 Daniel Ricciardo HRT F1 0
28 Karun Chandhok Team Lotus 0

Teams:

Pos. Team Points
1 Red Bull Racing - Renault 451
2 McLaren - Mercedes 325
3 Ferrari 254
4 Mercedes GP 108
5 Lotus Renault GP 70
6 Force India - Mercedes 36
7 Sauber F1 - Ferrari 35
8 Scuderia Toro Rosso - Ferrari 29
9 Williams F1 - Cosworth 5
10 Team Lotus - Renault 0
11 HRT F1 - Cosworth 0
12 Marussia Virgin - Cosworth 0

 
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