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Italian Grand Prix - Who was your Driver of the Day?
Sep 11, 2011, 6:05 PM

The legendary Monza circuit provided an entertaining race with thrilling battles all the way down the field but which driver impressed you most? ...

The legendary Monza circuit provided an entertaining race with thrilling battles all the way down the field but which driver impressed you most?

Sebastian Vettel

Found half a second in the final part of qualifying to take his 10th pole position of the season. Had no answer to Alonso’s lightening quick start and lost the lead. Reclaimed the lead with a sublime move on the Spaniard into the second chicane and then never looked back as he claimed his eighth victory of the season. The German now leads the championship by 112 points and can become the youngest double world champion next time out in Singapore if he wins with Alonso off the podium. Led his 500th lap of the season today, no-one else has broken 100 laps yet!

Jenson Button

Finished second at Monza for the 3rd year in a row. Started third on the grid but dropped back to seventh. Charged back through the field, passing his team-mate Hamilton and then Schumacher as he rose back to third. Tried the undercut in an attempt to pass Alonso but was blocked by Barrichello. Then passed the Spaniard as the Ferrari struggled with its harder tyres and went on to finish second, just 10 seconds behind race winner Vettel.

Fernando Alonso

Milestone day as he becomes only the second driver after Schumacher to cross the threshold of 1,000 F1 points. Made an amazing start, catapulting his Ferrari from fourth to first with a brave move up the inside of pole-sitter Vettel at the start. But he was unable to hold off the German for long and dropped back to second after battling for five laps. Once again, the Ferrari struggled to warm up the hard compound tyre, and the Spaniard gradually fell back from Vettel with Button passing him late on to relegate him to third.

Lewis Hamilton

Lost out in the battle with Vettel for pole but started the race from an encouraging second. A poor start saw him lose two places and get stuck behind Schumacher. Had a great battle with the German, passing him on lap 13, before Schumacher fought back thanks to Mercedes’ superior straight-line speed. Eventually passed him with 15 laps to go before finishing a lonely fourth.

Michael Schumacher

Outqualified team-mate Rosberg to start eighth and made a strong start, rising to fourth to begin a battle with Hamilton. Passed the Brit after the safety car restart and produced one of his best performances of the season as he bravely defended his position. Was passed by Button and eventually Hamilton, before finishing a strong fifth for the second consecutive race.

Jaime Alguersuari

A career best 7th today. Makes it 8 races in a row where a driver eliminated in Q1 gets points. Had another bad qualifying and started down in 18th but avoided the carnage at the first corner and steadily moved up the field. Battled strongly and maximized his strategy to rise up into the points and eventually finish seventh to score the best result of his career.

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