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I don't often comment on the race winner, but today is special - Vettal gets the win and we get to hear the German and Italian national anthems again for the first time in many years. Can tell how much it meant to him too. However I have to digress......how cool is the Italian national anthem? Surely after that, Ferrari might have to subsidise Monza to keep a race in Italy this year.

Compared to last race in Melbourne, this race had so much going for it (although it was only available on PayTV in Australia, much to the disgust of lots of Aussie fans who have had free to air coverage for quite a few years now). Driver of the day for me was Max Verstappen, he showed no fear in working his way past many much more mature racers. I thought it was amusing to see both Torro Rosso cars ahead of the Red Bulls, and also fantastic to see Kimi come back from that first lap puncture to finish in 4th place.

We did see one of the Marussias finish, which is something that Honda McLaren couldn't manage. I saw a tweet from someone pointing out that Alonso is a specialist at being in the wrong car at the wrong time, and I would tend to agree. But how good is it to see Williams and Ferrari looking like serious challengers for the Mercs!!

For those with the SkyF1 coverage from the UK, there was a bit of fruity language from Peter Sauber during the grid walk referring to the legal dramas with van der Guarde as a synonym for excrement. And with Sebastian's comments on the podium, maybe they should consider changing the rating!

Great race, rain held off, F1 circus now heads to China where the temperature will probably be about 30 degrees C cooler. Can Ferrari do it again? Will Marussia get both cars to the start? And will McLaren Honda get any car to the finish? Happy Easter to all our F1Infocentre readers, see you for the China round in a couple of weeks.

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