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GP Week : Issue 166
VETTEL, WEBBER, BUTTON ALL FAIL TO FINISH 30 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MONZA 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: World championship contenders Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Jenson Button all endured a torrid race-day in Italy, as two uncharacteristic reliability problems and a set of flat-spotted tyres resulted in three high-profile DNFs ahead of the final set of fly-away races. The retirements cost all three dearly in the title chase, with leader Alonso coming away with yet another podium. Button was the first of the trio to retire when his fuel system failed on lap 33. Vettel then bit the dust with an alternator failure at the beginning of lap 48, before Webber then had to retire after flat- spotting his already severely worn tyres with a high-speed spin on lap 49. Button was running second when he retired: “I was never going to challenge him for the win, but it would have been great for the team if we could have finished first and second. But it wasn’t to be,” said the Briton. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was notably dejected after a nightmare race for the championship leaders: “A hugely disappointing race – our first non-points scoring race since Korea 2010,” he said. “It was a repeat failure on Sebastian’s car with the alternator and we need to look into it and work with Renault to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”