Italian Grand Prix

Source: AFP/heraldsun.com.au
Fernando Alonso is a two-time winner of the Italian Grand Prix. Source: AFP/heraldsun.com.au
Fernando Alonso  will be looking for his first race victory since the Spanish Grand Prix in May when he lines up at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday night (AEST). After opening up a lead in the world championship early in the season, the Ferrari driver has come back to the pack and is now 46 points behind three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel in the 2013 standings, despite finishing on the podium  in three of the last five races. Italian manufacturer Ferrari won at the Autodromo di Monza seven times between 1996 and 2006 but has tasted success at it’s ‘home’ track just once since, with Alonso finishing first here in 2010.

Just two other drivers in the field have tasted success at Monza, with Lewis Hamilton  winning here last year after starting from pole, while the second of Sebastian Vettel’s  victories here came after he was the fastest qualifier twelve months earlier. Starting at the front of the grid has been a big advantage at this circuit recently, with five of the past six winners beginning the race from pole position.

Australian driver Mark Webber  is yet to win a race in his final season as a Formula One driver but won’t have high hopes of breaking his duck here, where his best result here when sixth three years ago.

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