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F1 2012: Hamilton wins Italian GP


Jenson Button had declared that winning in Monza is an unusual thing, because even though you're standing on top of the podium, the tifosi is booing you. Fortunately for Button, he didn't get to experience that sensation at this year's Italian Grand Prix. Button's McLaren retired from the race with a fuel system problem, despite which he hasn't given up hope of winning the 2012 title.

Meanwhile, it was Button's McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton who won the race from pole position. Hamilton didn't really look threatened throughout the race, except towards the closing stages, when a hard-charging Sergio Perez looked set to challenge him. Perhaps if there had been a few more laps, the outcome of the race might have been different, but Hamilton had a clean run to the chequered flag.



It was an emotional day for the Sauber team, with Sergio Perez finishing the race second, claiming his second second-place of the season and third podium. Perez wasn't on the same strategy as the rest of the field however - he started the race on the hard compound tyres, using medium compound for his second stint. And while rumours have been rife that Perez is the man Ferrari is eyeing as a replacement for Felipe Massa, the Mexican driver has stated his aim is to fight hard against all his opponents and win races for his team. But we suppose it did help that he managed to pass Massa and Alonso on his way to second place.

Meanwhile, it was a troubled weekend for Fernando Alonso, but third place wasn't too bad a result for the Spaniard who still leads the 2012 championship, now with a 37 point lead over second-placed Lewis Hamilton. Alonso's car suffered a broken rear anti-rollbar, during qualifying, which put him in tenth. The double-world champion also had a tough ten or so laps stuck behind the slower Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel. However, once Vettel was handed a drive-thru penalty for defensive driving, Fernando Alonso had some free air ahead of him. This coupled with the fact that Button and Vettel both retired, Alonso finished on the podium, not a bad way to end a troubled weekend in Monza, then.