Lauda: Monza was sensational

Stephan Heublein

Sebastian Vettel had tears in his eyes briefly on the podium after his second victory at Monza. He now has a 112-point lead on Fernando Alonso in the championship after Mark Webber's retirement. Niki Lauda: "This was a very special race for him. They didn't go out just to secure some points, which would have been the logical thing to do in view of their lead, but went out aggressively to win."

One particular manoeuvre by the 24-year-old showed that Red Bull were not simply marking time, according to TV pundit Lauda: "Overtaking Fernando Alonso on the grass proves their determination to win." – Vettel had emerged victorious in a thrilling scrap with the Spanish driver just after the safety car period and was then in a class of his own, securing his eighth victory in supreme fashion.