Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel clinched his sixth win of the season following a dominant victory from start to finish at the Italian Grand Prix.

Vettel was able to take full advantage of his pole position on the grid, and drive untroubled during an incident free race.

The German has now extended his championship lead to 53 points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, with 175 left on the table.

Although Alonso was able to improve on his fifth place start and finish second behind the championship leader it was a disappointing weekend for both Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, who both lost monumental ground on Vettel.

Mercedes Hamilton said he drove "like an idiot" during the second phase of qualifying on Saturday, which saw the one-time World Champion 11 positions behind the German.

Despite having sensational race speed, a slow puncture during the early stages at Monza tore his race strategy apart, and it was only thanks to an impressive final few laps that saw the Englishman rise several places into ninth, only managing two points.

It was not much better for Raikkonen who now sees himself almost 100 points behind Vettel after effectively seeing his race end on the first corner, when a collision with Sergio Perez saw costly damage to his front wing.

An early pit saw Kimi's chances disappear, only managing to clamber his way back up to 11th, where he started from on the grid.

It turned out to be a straight-forward victory for Vettel who is now closing in on his fourth successive World Championship, and the German coasted around the quick Monza track unharmed from start to finish.

Although Alonso was able to keep pressure on the reigning champion, the Spaniard will be left wondering what he must do to trump his rival.

The F1 circuit has come to a close on the European tracks as they embark on the final seven races of the 2013 calendar.

Alonso and co will have two weeks to figure out if they can over turn the increasing deficit between themselves and Vettel, before starting again on 20 September at the Singapore GP- the start of the Asian tour.

Italian GP Race Results

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