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  • It's been a great race, thanks for joining us. We will be back again in two weeks time in Singapore. Cheers.

  • A fantastic win from Hamilton who bounces back from a horror weekend in Belgium last week to claim the victory. Sauber have once again proved they have a car that can really race as Sergio Perez takes second. There is something for the home fans to cheer as Fernando Alonso's Ferrari crosses in third. A horror day for Red Bull though with two retirements.

    Race over
  • Hamilton begins the final lap at with Perez more than five seconds behind the McLaren man has it all but won. Hamilton puts him right back into the Championship hunt as he comes over the line to complete a great victory. Perez is second and Alonso third. Massa makes home in fourth, followed by Raikkonen and Schumacher who were battling down to the last second.

    Lap 53
  • Hulkenberg's poor weekend continues as he retires and Webber follows suit as he drives into the pits and calls it a day.

    Lap 52
  • Webber loses it going into Ascari and does ever so well to keep it going as he comes within inches of the barriers before controlling the car enough to come back onto track.

    Lap 51
  • Rosberg completes an almost carbon copy of his team-mate's pass as he goes by di Resta at the second chicane.

    Lap 50
  • Schumacher takes Webber for sixth! It's at the second chicane once more as the Mercedes sails past the Red Bull.

    Lap 49
  • Vettel is out! He had an alternator problem earlier in the weekend and we await to see if that's what cost him his race. He was told in quite a panicked fashion by the team to stop the car immediately as he pulls over on the opening straight.

    Lap 48
  • Hamilton is told that Perez is the new man behind him and going a second a lap faster but still 11 seconds back. It seems that the men who didn't make it into Q3 yesterday really have benefited from their wider choice when it comes it tyre choice.

    Lap 47
  • The gap is now down to 0.6 seconds as Perez looks to make a move on Alonso. And he does it! Perez does it heading into Ascari and Perez now sets his sights on Hamilton.

    Lap 46
  • Perez is flying! He's just 1.5 seconds behind Alonso and closing fast.

    Lap 45
  • Contrasting performances from the two Sauber's as Kobayashi loses ninth place to Schumacher.

    Lap 44
  • Word comes over Webber's radio that Vettel may have a bit of a problem. Perez is right up behind Massa now and at the last moment he pulls out of the Ferrari's slipstream and takes third place at the Parabolica.

    Lap 43
  • More news coming over Massa's radio as he's told to pick up the pace, Ferrari are obviously worried about Perez's pace. The Sauber is now just over two seconds behind Massa. Just in case you were wondering, Hamilton is still going about his business, 13.2 seconds ahead of Alonso.

    Lap 42
  • Perez has posted the fastest lap of the race as his good afternoon continues in fourth place - can he catch Massa?

    Lap 41
  • Almost too easy as Alonso strolls passed Massa at the first chicane.

    Lap 40
  • Massa is told that Alonso is within DRS distance. Expect a pass at the first chicane in the next lap.

    Lap 39
  • Vettel takes Webber at the first chicane! A little further down the track Rosberg goes round the outside of Kimi this time, the Lotus man has been passed a few times in that fashion today. Schumacher has pitted.

    Lap 38
  • Perez hits back! He takes fifth place back early in the next lap - great racing from the Mexican. Vettel and Webber are scrapping too, with Vettel all over the back of the Australian.

    Lap 37
  • Raikkonen and Perez are involved in an interesting little tussle with the Sauber man taking position at the second chicane only for the Finn to take it right back. Perez looks to attack at the second DRS zone but he's not close enough. Massa is told to 'manage his tyres'. With Alonso behind him you can make up your own mind what that means.

    Lap 36
  • Vettel completes his drive through penalty and he's slotted in behind his team-mate in ninth.

    Lap 35
  • Button is out! From second Button has to pull over to the side of the track with some kind of mechanical failure. After a victory last week it's all gone pear-shaped for Button. Sounds like it was a fuel pick up problem.

    Lap 34
  • After a tough qualifying run yesterday, things are looking a lot better for Alonso as he's up to fourth. One has to wonder if Massa will be asked to move over for his team-mate if things remain as they are.

    Lap 33
  • Vettel has been handed a drive through penalty! That's a big loss for the Red Bull man, that will cost him about 20 seconds.

    Lap 32
  • It has been confirmed that the stewards are looking into the incident between Vettel and Alonso. Jean-Eric Vergne has been interviewed and confirms he's ok but says he's not sure what went wrong with the car, only that there was nothing he could do.

    Lap 31
  • Perez comes into the pits and comes up behind the Raikkonen/Schumacher battle but ahead of Rosberg. If this is his one and only stop he could still be in line for some decent points.

    Lap 30
  • Alonso manages to take fifth spot this time around as he cleanly passes Alonso on the breaking.

    Lap 29
  • Perez gets told to go for four more laps, it's going quite well for the Sauber man but he's passed by Hamilton heading into the first chicane.

    Lap 28
  • Alonso asks his team what happened and they seem to feel that Vettel was in the wrong, it was certainly a close call. Out at the front Perez continues to go without a stop.

    Lap 27
  • Alonso and Vettel are nearly side by side as they go into the first chicane. Raikkonen uses DRS to get by di Resta on the opening straight. Great battle between Alonso and Vettel as the pair battle through every corner. Alonso nearly loses it as Vettel chooses the wide line at the turn de grande before squeezing Alonso onto the grass! The Spaniard holds on but Charlie Whiting might have something to say about that.

    Lap 26
  • Hamilton comes in for a quick and clean stop and he comes out still very much in the lead. Well, actually he's second at the moment as Perez who hasn't stopped is out front.

    Lap 24
  • Button has a slightly slow pit stop but he still comes out in front of Massa as the Brazilian was held up by that traffic. Alonso uses DRS to great effect as he eases past Senna who is yet to stop.

    Lap 23
  • Webber comes into the pits. Massa is looking to get by Ricciardo and does just that but the Toro Rosso looks to fight back. It doesn't work out well though as he gets a little bit off line at the second chicane and there is some contact as Vettel looks to go by. It's unclear if there is any damage to the Red Bull but he and Fernando Alonso get past Ricciardo.

    Lap 22
  • That was close! Vettel just gets out ahead of Alonso as the pair nearly collide in the pit lane. The pair come in behind Massa with plenty of traffic ahead of them.

    Lap 21
  • Massa comes into the pits. Di Resta is all over the back of Kobayashi.

    Lap 20
  • Massa won't have any time to fill them in as Button puts massive pressure on him and the McLaren gets into the slipstream and takes the inside going into the second corner to take second.

    Lap 19
  • Massa has no telemetry, that's what the story at Ferrari is, so the team aren't sure what is going on with the car.

    Lap 18
  • Button is sticking with 'Plan A'. We wait to see what exactly that is. There is some discussion in the Ferrari pits, not sure what that's about. Great stuff from Perez as he sneaks by Raikkonen with a great little move into the second chicane. And with that the Finn pits.

    Lap 17
  • No surprise as Schumacher comes into the pits. Button is told he is in the window so it will be interesting to see what McLaren decide to do. All the while Hamilton is going about his business at the front, edging his lead up to 5 seconds.

    Lap 16
  • Rosberg follows suit and comes into the pits. After his poor start his race isn't looking great. He chooses the harder tyres. Raikkonen is getting held up a bit by Schumacher who is starting to see his tyres die.

    Lap 15
  • We have our first pit stop as Pastor Maldonado comes into the put and leaves with the soft tyres.

    Lap 14
  • Schumacher is told he has three laps to go before his first stop and he really needs to push it. Mark Webber is really pushing it, using every inch of the track and more in his bid to haul in Kamui Kobayashi.

    Lap 13
  • Massa is doing well to keep Hamilton in sight, less than four seconds ahead.

    Lap 12
  • Webber is closing in on di Resta but even with DRS isn't quite close enough to take him coming into the first corner. The Red Bull man is waiting to pounce as di Resta locks up not for the first time. It seemed a bit inevitable as Webber now goes by.

    Lap 11
  • A message from race control is sent out saying that DRS is enabled.

    Lap 10
  • Jean-Eric Vergne loses control on the front straight as it looks like his back suspension snapped and when he looked to break he had nothing and went flying over the chicane and onto the grass. Team radio asks if he's ok and Vergne says he has some pain in his back which is no surprise as that was a heavy landing. Yellow flags are out.

    Lap 9
  • Senna didn't give that position back and he's now putting a lot of pressure on Paul di Resta and he gets a wheel on the grass as he looks to make the pass and he's forced off the track but is able to return to the track.

    Lap 8
  • The Merc drivers aren't having the best of times, they're going to need to make a turnaround quickly if they're going to sneak in an extras stop. Up at the front, Hamilton is in control.

    Lap 7
  • Alonso is all over the back of Schumacher going down the opening straight and he passes Schumacher at the start of the seventh lap.

    Lap 6
  • Some contact between Senna and Rosberg at the first corner at the first corner and Senna cuts the chicane to take the place but you imagine he'll have to give that back.

    Lap 5
  • Vettel sneaks through on the inside of Schumacher at the first chicane. Rosberg's team send a message over the radio pushing him to get ahead of those in front of him as it appears Merc are doing a two-stop strategy. It seems most other drivers will be doing one-stoppers.

    Lap 4
  • Replays show that Button got bogged down early on and then got some wheel spin as he tried to get away which was the reason for his slow start.

    Lap 3
  • So, good starts from both Ferrari drivers. The top five after the first lap is: Hamilton, Massa, Button, Schumacher, Vettel. Glock has some damage to his front wing but he's still going which means we have all 24 runners still in the race.

    Lap 2
  • And we're off! Hamilton starts well and Massa beats Button to the first corner. He tries to take Hamilton but the McLaren man holds him off! Button fights back but Massa holds on to second. Terrible start for Rosberg as he drops to 11th. Webber is 13th. Alonso dives up the inside of Kobayashi to take seventh.

    Lap 1
  • After all the drama of the first corner last weekend I think more than a few people will be hoping for a quieter time today!

  • And we're away on the formation lap.

  • Just minutes away from the start and one man who will really be looking for a good start is Felipe Massa. The Brazilian desperately needs a good result and achieving it at Monza certainly wouldn't hurt.

  • Paul di Resta has been chatting to the BBC and the Briton is hopeful that he can carry the momentum from qualifying into the race. "As long as we go forward, that's what matters. We have a fast car and if there's any track you can overtake on hopefully it's Monza, and hopefully we can do that," commented the Force India man.

  • Bernie Ecclestone is doing the rounds down on the grid, enjoying a chat with Christian Horner.

  • The pit lane is now closed.

  • There is just a sea of red in the grandstand opposite the pits as the Ferrari fans are out in force today.

  • A new, well a returning, face on the grid this weekend as Jerome D'Ambrosio is filling in for the banned Romain Grosjean. Grosjean was hit with a one-race ban for causing the first corner carnage last time out in Belgium. D'Ambrosio will line up 15th on the grid.

  • A quick look at the Championship: Alonso is leading by 24 points over Vettel with Webber, who is starting P11, a further eight points off the pace. Raikkonen is fourth, a point behind Webber, while Hamilton is sixth, 47 points behind Alonso.

  • The pit lane is open for the drivers to make their way onto the grid.

  • It is a perfect sunny day at Monza with some great action earlier on the GP3 and GP2 races, the latter of which was won by Davide Valsecchi, who now takes a 25-point lead into the final round in Singapore.

  • Vettel is next in line with Nico Rosberg alongside while Kimi Raikkonen and Kamui Kobayashi are on the fourth row ahead of di Resta and Fernando Alonso. The Ferrari driver had been the man to beat in qualifying, setting the pace in Q1 and Q2 before a broken anti roll-bar cost him what he reckons would have been his "easiest pole position." He'll line up P10.

  • Fourth on the grid is Michael Schumacher. Although he qualified P5, the Mercedes driver - the most successful driver at Monza with five Italian Grand Prix wins - benefitted from Paul di Resta's gearbox change penalty, which dropped him from fourth to ninth. Whether Schumacher can turn back the years with at least a Monza podium remains to be seen but it would be awesome.

  • Felipe Massa is third on the grid having achieved his best qualifying performance of this season. And although the Brazilian has made it clear he will be chasing the victory this afternoon, a podium finish would be an epic result for the Ferrari driver who has not been in the top three this season (or last). It could also save his Ferrari career.

  • One team that did shine was McLaren with Lewis Hamilton taking his fourth pole position of the season while Jenson Button ensured it was a Woking 1-2 as he put his car into second place.

  • The grand prix takes place on a 5.793km long circuit over 53 high-speed laps. Last year it was Sebastian Vettel who came out top at the track where he also claimed his first maiden Formula One victory back in 2008 with Toro Rosso. This season, though, the reigning World Champion faces a much tougher time of things as he is start fifth on the grid after Red Bull failed to shine in Saturday's qualifying.

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