Vettel storms to Italian Grand Prix victory with one-stop tyre strategy

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Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel is running away with this year’s world championship after clinching his 32nd career victory at the Italian Grand Prix today.

Vettel’s third win at Monza, the fastest circuit of the year, makes him draw level with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in overall Formula One race victories, with both drivers having won 32 races apiece.

Starting from pole position, 26-year-old Vettel took his dominant victory with a one-stop strategy and now extends his championship advantage to 53 points over Alonso.

Alonso also used a one-stop strategy to boost himself from fifth on the grid to second at the end of the race, having started on the P Zero White medium tyre and then switching to the P Zero Orange hard tyre on lap 27.

Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, said: “With some light rain 30 minutes before the race, some of the cars went onto the grid with the Green intermediates but as the rain subsided we saw the majority of drivers start the race on the mediums.

“This was a straight-forward one-stop race with no degradation and many cars set their fastest laps towards the end of the race.

“Any strategy would have been dependant – as always – on a number of factors, but as the rain held off, Vettel’s decision to start on the mediums with one stop to change to the hards proved a winning combination.

“Monza is a big test for the tyres with the surface temperature of the tyres heating up to 130 degrees Celsius as the cars exit La Roggia but the tyres coped well with the demands for the whole weekend.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the fans here this weekend – as always the atmosphere is electric at this circuit and we are truly proud to call this our home race.”

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

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