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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The old circuit’s terrifying high banking.

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

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Ferrari’s Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.

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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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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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Sebastian Vettel applies a dab of oppo during qualifying.

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

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

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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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The catwalk which connects the pit complex with the podium.

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The crowds which make a Monza podium so sensational.

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