Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

With an inspired start, Fernando Alonso launched into a defense of his 2010 win, but he had to yield to Sebastian Vettel.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

The old circuit’s terrifying high banking.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

These guys did a 2.9 second pit stop for Sebastian Vettel.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

Ferrari’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

Alonso’s start is one for the history books. That’s him on the extreme left, using every bit of track and more to jump into the lead from fourth on the grid.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

A pileup at the start, triggered by Vitantonio Liuzzi’s out of control HRT, took out Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes and Vitaly Petrov’s Renault.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel applies a dab of oppo during qualifying.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

Lewis Hamilton fighting Michael Schumacher. Lurking in the background is Jenson Button, who would overtake both and finish second.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

In the end, it was Hamilton who emerged victorious from the battle with Schumacher.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

Bruno Senna, here behind Sébastien Buemi’s Toro Rosso, would swap places with Buemi to finish ninth, his first Grand Prix points.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

The catwalk which connects the pit complex with the podium.

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Pictures from the 2011 Italian Grand PrixS

The crowds which make a Monza podium so sensational.

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