Over the weekend the F1 grid returned to Italy for the fastest grand prix on the circuit and despite only one lead change things still got dicey. Things started off with Lewis Hamilton making an epic mistake by stuffing his right front tire into Felipe Massa’s rear left side. The collision resulted in Lewis completely losing his wheel and taking himself out of the race early. His early race retirement caused him to lose his points lead to Mark Webber who finished the race in 6th place and moved 5 points ahead of Hamilton.
Jenson Button actually had a strong command over most of the race and held onto the lead until just after the halfway point when Fernando Alonso took over. Jenson tried to fight back but he had his mirrors full of Felipe Massa. At that point it was all she wrote as Fernando drove his way straight into the winner’s circle followed by Jenson and Massa.
Fernando’s win moved him up to a distant third in the points but with 5 races left in 2010 that is more than enough time to become a serious threat. Especially if the front runners like Webber and Hamilton make any more serious mistakes.
Check out the SPEED TV Trio’s recount of the Italy GP here.
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