Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel had his second successive Formula One world championship almost wrapped up after winning the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 24-year-old German, who had started on pole position for the 10th time in 13 races, stretched his overall lead to 112 points after
Australian team mate and closest rival Mark Webber crashed out.
With only 150 points remaining to be won from the last six grands prix, Vettel has now won eight races this season and can clinch the title at the next one in Singapore on Sept. 25.
McLaren's Jenson Button finished second for the third season in a row at Monza with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, last year's winner from pole, giving the sea of red-shirted fans something to cheer about with third place at his team's home race.
Vettel, who took his first Formula One win at Monza with Red Bull's Italian-based sister team Toro Rosso on 2008, let all the emotions flood out on his return to the podium. He now has 284 points to double world champion Alonso's 172 and Button's 167.
"When you stand up there you feel so blessed," said Vettel.
"Obviously the first one was very special but to be back here...incredible," he gasped. "I really had a very, very good race car and a fantastic day today.
"It's the best podium in the world. The only thing that could make it better is probably wearing a red suit."