Formula 1 2011: Italian Grand Prix

It was Italy’s turn to host the world of Formula One this weekend and the Monza circuit near Milan was the venue. Monza is one of the fastest F1 tracks in the world and it showed. It was a fast race with some duels fought out at over 200mph. Vettel vs Alonso, Schumacher vs Hamilton and Button vs Alonso. All that racing resulted in a win for Vettel, a second place for Button and thrid place for Ferrari driver Alonso. [50 photos total]

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Members of Mercedes team work on tyres in the paddock at the Monza circuit September 8, 2011 ahead of the Italian F1 grand prix. (REUTERS/ Giampiero Sposito) #
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Ferrari Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso (L) of Spain and Felipe Massa of Brazil pose during a photo opportunity at the Monza circuit September 8, 2011 ahead this weekend's Italian F1 grand prix. (REUTERS/ Giampiero Sposito) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany takes a curve during the first free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany adjusts his helmet during the first free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini) #
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Ferrari Formula One drivers Felipe Massa of Brazil takes a curve during the first free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain covers his ears during the first free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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Lotus Renault Formula One drivers Vitaly Petrov of Russia takes a curve during the first free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button (R) of Britain smiles as he talks to his mechanic during the first free practice session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain takes a curve during the second free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives his car in the pit lane during the second free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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British singer Jamiroquai arrives in the paddock during the first free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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McLaren Formula One technician waits for a pit-stop during the second free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany sits in his car during the second free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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The Ferrari Formula One brake on/off light is seen in the pit lane during the second free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Inter Milan soccer player Javier Zanetti of Argentina looks on in Ferrari's pit during the second free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany drinks at the end of the second free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 9, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany takes a curve during the third free practice session of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at Monza circuit September 10, 2011. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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Williams Formula One drivers Rubens Barrichello of Brazil takes a curve during the third free practice session of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at Monza circuit September 10, 2011. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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A Ferrari Formula One technician checks the tyres in the pits during the third free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 10, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Force India Formula One driver Adrien Sutil of Germany leaves the pits during the third free practice session for the Italian F1 grand prix at the Monza circuit September 10, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Red Bull Formula One team practice pit stops during the third practice session of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at Monza circuit September 10, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Toro Rosso Formula One driver Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland takes a curve during the third free practice session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 10, 2011. The race will take place on Sunday. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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British motor racing legend Jackie Stewart smiles as he arrives in the paddock for the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (C) of Germany celebrates taking pole position with second placed McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) and third placed Jenson Button of Britain after the qualifying session of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at Monza circuit September 10, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany sing autographs after the qualifying session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 10, 2011. Vettel took the pole position. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain leads at the first curve of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/ Giampiero Sposito) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain (bottom) leads the pack as HRT Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy slides on the grass before crashing with other cars at the start of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany (L) crashes with other cars on the first corner of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany (L) crashes with other cars on the first corner of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Lotus Renault Formula One driver Vitaly Petrov of Russia crashes at the start of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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HRT Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy (R) crashes with other cars at the start of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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HRT Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy (L) crashes with other cars at the start of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/ Giampiero Sposito) #
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HRT Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy leaves the circuit after crashing with other cars at the start of the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/ Giampiero Sposito) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain (R) leads ahead of Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Ferrari Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso of Spain (L) leads ahead of Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil (L) collides with Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/ Giampiero Sposito) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (bottom) takes a curve as Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia crashes with Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia loses his front wing after colliding with Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil (not pictured) during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/ Giampiero Sposito) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain (bottom) drives pass Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil after he spun following a crash with Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia (not pictured) during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil (R) steers his car to return to the race direction after a light collision with Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia (not pictured) left him facing backwards during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain (L) overtakes Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain (L) drive his car next to Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) leads ahead of Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain (L) and Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/ Giampiero Sposito) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) takes a curve ahead of his team mate and compatriot Jenson Button during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain (R) drives next to McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain during the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Ferrari Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates his third place after the Italian F1 Grand Prix at the Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #
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Ferrari Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso of Spain throws his cap to his supporters to celebrate his third place in the Italian F1 Grand Prix at Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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Ferrari supporters celebrate the third place of Fernando Alonso of Spain after the Italian F1 Grand Prix at Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (bottom C) poses with his team after winning the Italian F1 Grand Prix at Monza circuit September 11, 2011. (REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino) #

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