As we leave the European stint on the calendar behind and head off to a stretch of flyaway races, we review the good and bad of the Italian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel’s form
From the second the lights went out in Monza the triple world champion began pulling out a gap over his rivals and dominated the race, taking his 32nd win.
He now has a 53 point lead over closest rival Fernando Alonso, who says he will do his best to close the gap to Vettel during the remaining seven races.
Of course, whether you think Vettel’s current form is a good thing is a matter of personal preference.
Italian Grand Prix personal best for Webber
Like teammate Vettel, Mark Webber was on form during the race he too battled with a gearbox issue towards the end of the race.
The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is a circuit that the Australian has never been particularly strong at and at his final crack at the Italian Grand Prix in a Formula One car he achieved his personal best finish at the circuit after finishing third.
Nico Hulkenberg is the surprise of the weekend
The German hasn’t had the easiest year at Sauber so far but pulled out all of the stops in Monza to qualify in third place and finished the race fifth.
Many expected Hulkenberg to drop back at the start of the race but the Sauber driver kept up with the frontrunners and was even able to keep Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg behind him for the majority of the race.
The legendary Tifosi are part of what makes the Italian Grand Prix so special, whether you’re a Ferrari fan or not.
Watching the podium ceremony, with red, white and green ticker tape being fired across the crowd, and seeing the Tifosi going crazy for Alonso was a special moment and it was hard not to feel something and not get caught up in Ferrari fever.
Quiet weekend for Caterham and Marussia
The two backmarker teams had a quiet race thanks to a lack of pace and an awful lot of blue flags.
Caterham’s lack of pace during the race meant they were unable to get the much needed 13th place (or above) finish which will take 10th in the constructors championship back off Marussia.
A weekend to forget for Force India
A tough Sunday in Monza saw both cars retirements bookend the race with Paul di Resta retiring on the opening lap after crashing into Romain Grosjean and Adrian Sutil retiring on the penultimate lap with brake problems.
Tough weekend for Mercedes
After quite a strong season so far, the Brackley based team had a relatively quiet weekend in Monza and were unable to challenge for the podium on Sunday.
With Rosberg and Hamilton finishing behind both Ferrari drivers, Mercedes have now dropped into third place in the constructors championship, just three points behind Ferrari who are now in second.
Booing on the podium
It certainly wasn’t the first, and won’t be the last, time Vettel was booed on the podium. Whether you are a fan of the winner or not booing is uncalled for.
On that day Vettel was better than his competitors and that managed to accept it and keep quiet (of course they may have been thinking less than pleasant things) so the fans should be equally as accepting. But what would sport be without a villain?