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Today it was the turn of India for the latest race in the season, and to see whether Vettel could extend his championship lead with just three races left after the India Grand Prix.
This year up to recently had seen a multitude of drivers win races, and at one point those who stake money on the outcome of F1 might as well have been playing roulette in a casino as it was so unpredictable.
But for those who backed Vettel to win his fourth straight win weren’t to be disappointed as the Red Bull driver took the chequered flag with an emphatic victory.
And with team and driver as one with just three races to go it would be a brave man who would bet any money on any driver to win – the casino atmosphere has been replaced with an air of inevitability as to who will be picking up maximum points.
The only realistic contender who can deny Vettel is Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari – just a few races ago it looked like Alonso was going to run away with this year’s championship, and despite coming second today he is more pojnts adrift than when the race started.
He was generous in his praise of Red Bull in his post-race interview, saying they had been fantastic all weekend and were difficult to beat, but that he wouldn’t give up.
Looking forward to the last race of the season, scheduled to be held in Brazil, he said that he was sure it would be a good day for him – perhaps indicating that if he can win the next two races everything will be decided in a cliffhanger at the last race of the season.
In third place today was Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, while McLaren saw both their drivers pick up points, Lewis Hamilton fourth and Jenson Button fifth.
There has been some consistency at least recently for McLaren, finishing just off the podium places.
That won’t be much consolation for Monaco resident Lewis Hamilton who would always like to win. After viewing with real estate agents properties in Monaco and moving there he will be disappointed that the expectations he had haven’t been achieved so far.
The next race is at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, just a week away, and last year Lewis Hamilton won while Sebastian Vettel didn’t finish. All the build-up can be followed on facebook.
With a big points difference between Button and Alonso even after his Belgian victory, the British driver admitted that he would need to beat Alonso in each race between then and the rest of the season to secure an unlikely second championship.
Coming into today’s Italian Grand Prix Button was on course as the race got underway, and for much of the race was doing exactly what was needed in his McLaren and leading the Ferrari.
But by the end of the race it was a different story, with Button retiring from the race and not scoring any points, while Alonso came third to pick up valuable points and extend his lead over Button.
But the real story of the day came from two different Grand Prix drivers – Monaco resident and team-mate to Button Lewis Hamilton and Mexican driver Sergio Perez who surged from twelth place on the starting grid in his Sauber to finish second.
Hamilton moved to Monaco before the start of the 2012 season, and he will be an even more exciting prospect in the future at the prestigious Monte Carlo Grand Prix.
Lewis is second in the Drivers’ Championship with 142 points, while Alonso still leads with 179 points – the gap has closed and a few more victories from Hamilton and McLaren could see him win it – Button meanwhile must surely count himself out of contention.
There have been rumours that Hamilton might leave McLaren for Mercedes next season, but that could be a backward step, and possibly mean more Monaco apartments for sale in the future if his Grand Prix career stutters to a close.
And the emergence of Sergio Perez as a real contender who is picking up odium places for Sauber must be a concern for every driver who is calculating how many points he might win between now and the end of the season – Perez drove a superb race and is going to be the talk of many a sports blog today as the new kid on the block.
Speaking after the race he commented that it was a great race for both him and Sauber, and that today’s Monza Grand Prix was very special for him.
After collecting his winners’ trophy, Hamilton commented to journalists in the post-race press conference that it was fantastic to win at Monza and that he was happy for McLaren, giving no indication of a possible move away for next year.
There is now a two week break before the next Grand Prix, moving away from the European circuits to Singapore – last year won by Sebastian Vettel. It will be shown live on BBC television.
CNN has a new monthly programme about yachting, and this month are featuring the Monaco Yacht Show – to see what they have to say in their online edition click here
If you are visiting the show later in the month from the 19th to 22nd September, they include photographs of some of the yachts that will be on display.
They also comment on the price and availability of property in Monaco – see monacoproperty.net – and some of the recent history of the Principality.
They mention the museums, the botanical gardens and Monaco Formula One in their news report.