Monza:Fernando Alonso won the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, beating Lewis Hamilton and closing to within three points of his McLaren teammate at the top of the drivers' standings.
Hamilton leads the standings with 92 points, while Alonso has 89. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who finished third Sunday, is third with 74 points.
Alonso, the two-time defending Formula One champion who won for the fourth time this season, beat Hamilton by more than six seconds at the 5.793-km Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, completing 53 laps in 1 hour, 18 minutes, 37.806 seconds.
"It was a perfect weekend for me," said Alonso, who was also quickest in practice and qualifying. "Sometimes everything goes in the right direction. This weekend has been good for me, and to win here at Monza for the first time is very special."
Alonso's 1-2 with Hamilton was also the first time McLaren had finished with the top two spots at Monza.
BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld was fourth, followed by teammate Robert Kubica in fifth. Nico Rosberg of Williams was sixth.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa was forced to retire on lap 10.
That allowed McLaren to extend its lead over Ferrari in the constructors' championship to 23 points - McLaren with 166 and Ferrari with 143.
Despite a poor start off the grid for both McLaren's, Alonso never looked threatened. Hamilton, however, was involved in early tussles for position with both Ferraris.
Massa challenged Hamilton for second place on the first lap, but the British rookie held off the Brazilian by cutting the corner on turn No 2.
Raikkonen, who passed Kubica and then Heidfeld on the opening lap, moved ahead of Hamilton on the 40th lap when the McLaren driver pitted.
But Hamilton passed back three laps later, running up the inside of Raikkonen at the end of the home straight.
David Coulthard slammed into a tire wall following a brush with Giancarlo Fisichella on the second lap, and the safety car was called out. Racing resumed five laps alter.
Massa was forced top retire on lap 10. The Brazilian had pitted on the previous lap, but his crew was unable to fix whatever had been causing problems.