2.33pmAs the drivers take to the podium, it's time for me to bid you farewell for this afternoon. I hope that you enjoyed our coverage of this race. Join us in two weeks when Sports Mole will be providing coverage of the Singapore Grand Prix.
2.31pmThe Italian crowd seem happy with the performance of the Ferraris today. And well they might, it was a strong performance by both Massa and Alonso.
2.29pmMartin Whitmarsh: "Lewis did a fantastic job today. It should have been a one-two; it's frustrating."
2.28pmPerez jumps into the collective arms of his adoring team. That's his second second-placed finish this season. Incidentally, I was also providing commentary on that race. He will be pleased to know my schedule in future, I'm sure...
2.27pmFinal placings: Hamilton, Perez, Alonso, Massa, Raikkonen, Schumacher, Rosberg, Di Resta, Kobayashi, Senna, Maldonado, Ricciardo, D'Ambrosio, Kovalainen, Petrov, Pic, Glock, De La Rosa, Karthikeyan, Webber, Hulkenberg, Vettel.
2.24pmA great drive from Alonso as well, who finishes in third after starting 10th on the grid.
Lap 47He flew past Alonso on the straight and he may be looking at Lewis Hamilton now! He has just under six laps left to do it, but he is around a second-per-lap quicker than the McLaren!
Lap 46Perez is right behind Alonso now. If he can avoid a mistake he could well take second... AND HE DOES!
Lap 46Vettel is back in sixth place but is still having trouble with his car. It sounds like it could be a problem with the alternator.
Lap 43Vettel is having a problem with his car as Perez saunters past Massa. this has been a great drive from the Mexican and he is now bearing down on Alonso.
Lap 42Perez is closing the gap to Massa considerably.
Lap 41What looked very good for McLaren at one stage, looks just 'ok' now. With Hamilton leading they can't be too disappointed, but Button's retirement coupled with the performance of Alonso may just leave a sour taste in the mouth of Martin Whitmarsh.
Lap 40Top ten: Hamilton, Alonso, Massa, Perez, Raikkonen, Vettel, Webber, Di Resta, Kobayashi, Schumacher.
Lap 38Rosberg now takes on Raikkonen and relegates the Finn to seventh!
Lap 38The Mexican has now set a new fastest lap. He is showing some great pace.
Lap 37Perez attacks Raikkonen on the outside heading into the chicane, and gets ahead of him when it turns into the inside line on the exit. Brilliant driving. He is in fifth now!
Lap 36Massa is the immediate beneficiary of Button's retirement as he moves into second, but Alonso will also be rubbing his hands with glee.
Lap 35Vettel takes his drive through and returns in ninth place.
Lap 35Button's radio: "No drive. No drive, engine's off."
Lap 34The cause is unknown as of yet, but we shall wait and see!
Lap 34Jenson Button is out! He pulls to the side of the track and his race is over!
Lap 32Vettel has been given a drive-through penalty for the incident with Alonso!
Lap 6Top ten: Hamilton, Massa, Button, Vettel, Schumacher, Alonso, Raikkonen, Kobayashi, Di Resta, Perez.
Lap 4Alonso is battling with Schumacher for fifth position. The German has just been overtaken by Vettel, who is now fourth behind Button.
Lap 4Hamilton has posted the fastest lap. He is in prime position to dictate this race now - barring a mechanical failure!
Lap 3Button looked sluggish off the mark but Massa produced a quality piece of driving to usurp his position.
Lap 3Bruno Senna is another big mover. He has jumped three places into 10th. Hulkenberg has made sizable moves from 24th on the grid as well.
Lap 2Alonso overtakes Raikkonen and is already into sixth place!
Lap 1No repeat of the Spa incident this time, it was a clean first turn.
Lap 1Massa gets an excellent start and takes Button before the first corner. He then has a look at Hamilton but can't get around. Great start for the Ferrari man!
1.03pmThe five red lights and it's GO! GO! GO! The Italian Grand Prix is underway!
1.01pmPerez, D'Ambrosio, Maldonado and Hulkenberg are the only drivers starting on hard compound tyres. The rest are on medium.
1pmThe grid has cleared and the drivers are on their formation lap.
12.54pmWe're just minutes from race time. The excitement is building at Monza.
12.49pmThe crowd is awash with Ferrari red and the team flag. They're fanatically passionate about the team in this part of the world. No driver will be getting as much support as Fernando Alsnso and Felipe Massa today.
12.47pmRob Smedley (Ferrari engineer): "The car's been great all weekend, we're in there with a chance. We all need this."
12.43pmWebber: "[We're on the] wrong side of the bubble. Q2 was very tight, obviously didn't get into Q3. It would be nice to try and nick a few points off Alonso today, if I can. We'll see if we can do a few moves early, while the car is heavy."
12.42pmMaldonado: "I hope it's going to be clean [start] this time, and I am looking forward to the race."
12.40pmMartin Brundle is on his grid walk for Sky Sports News. He is trying to jump in on an interview with Pastor Maldonado... oh, he's done it. Never ceases to amaze me, does Martin.
12.34pmFelipe Mass starts in third, while Sebastien Vettel is fifth on the grid. Fernando Alonso finds himself in 10th place, but Mark Webber will start way back after being knocked out of Q2 yesterday.
12.32pmIt promises to be a fantastic occasion in Monza, where the sun is shining brightly. McLaren have locked out the front row and it will be up to Red Bull and Ferrari to work their way through the field to challenge the front runners.
12.30pmWelcome to Sports Mole live text commentary of the Italian Grand Prix!