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Sep 09

Hamilton wins but Alonso extends points lead

He didn’t see the chequered flag first, but Fernando Alonso was the big winner on Sunday.

2012-06-09_13452012-06-10_1616In front of Ferrari’s adoring Tifosi at historic Monza, the Spaniard managed to extend his championship lead from 24 to 37 points, after seeing his 40-point lead diminish in the Spa crash a week ago.

Having qualified a miserable tenth on Saturday, Alonso pulled off Sunday’s feat by finishing third, behind his new nearest challenger Lewis Hamilton (1st) and Sauber’s charging Sergio Perez (2nd).

“We had the pace to recover,” a delighted Alonso told Niki Lauda on the podium.

Defending champion and 2011 Monza winner Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, has sunk from second in the standings to just fourth; the Red Bull driver’s race collapsing with a penalty for forcing Alonso wide, and then ending completely with another alternator failure.

Other title challengers Mark Webber and Jenson Button also failed to finish on Sunday, leaving Kimi Raikkonen now third in the drivers’ standings with seven races to go.

Pos. Driver Team Gap Laps
01 Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 53 laps – 1h19m41.221s 1
02 Sergio Perez Sauber Ferrari +4.356 1
03 Fernando Alonso Ferrari +20.594 1
04 Felipe Massa Ferrari +29.667 1
05 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault +30.881 1
06 Michael Schumacher Mercedes AMG +31.259 2
07 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG +33.550 2
08 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes +41.057 1
09 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber Ferrari +43.898 1
10 Bruno Senna Williams Renault +48.144 1
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault +48.682 2
12 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari +50.316 1
13 Jérôme d’Ambrosio Lotus Renault +75.861 1
14 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham Renault +1 lap 2
15 Vitaly Petrov Caterham Renault +1 lap 2
16 Charles Pic Marussia Cosworth +1 lap 2
17 Timo Glock Marussia Cosworth +1 lap 2
18 Pedro de la Rosa HRT Cosworth +1 lap 1
19 Narain Karthikeyan HRT Cosworth +1 lap 1
20 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault +2 laps 2
21 Nico Hulkenberg Force India Mercedes +3 laps 2
22 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault +6 laps 2
23 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes DNF 1
24 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari DNF 0

source: GMM, motorsport.nextgen-auto.com

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