Ferrari arrived at Monza relieved that the FIA World Motor Sport Council had decided it did not deserve any further penalty for its use of team orders in Germany, and left the track celebrating a brilliant home victory that thrust Fernando Alonso right back into the championship hunt.
No team tactics were required this time, as Alonso hounded early leader Jenson Button then took the lead via some superb pit work. With Sebastian Vettel fourth, Mark Webber sixth and Lewis Hamilton a first-lap retirement, the title battle has closed right up again as Formula 1 heads for its Asian swing.
Monza also saw the crowning of both the GP2 and GP3 champions - and there were no surprises as Pastor Maldonado wrapped up GP2 with two rounds to spare, and Esteban Gutierrez became GP3's first ever champion in qualifying for the inaugural season's finale.
Sebastien Loeb could have wrapped up his seventh World Rally title in Japan, but was muted all weekend and only finished fifth, while his new team-mate Sebastien Ogier overcame the heroic Petter Solberg to claim his second win of the year.
The weekend also saw the start of a new era, as the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup kicked off - and the 2010 Le Mans Series concluded - with the AUTOSPORT 1000km at Silverstone. While Audi took pole with Allan McNish, an out of character early retirement for the R15 left Peugeot clear to dominate.
The F1 sessions
Button tops first practice at Monza
Vettel leads the way in second practice
Hamilton edges Vettel in final practice
Alonso ends Ferrari's pole drought
Alonso wins for Ferrari at Monza
The F1 headlines
Epsilon 'respects' FIA's decision
Todt: Not enough proof to punish Ferrari
Button calls for team orders clarification
Button denies title hopes now remote
Webber says he is not title favourite
FIA: Ferrari did use illegal team orders
Horner: Team orders precedent now set
Final races hold no fear for Hamilton
Red Bull sure Webber can hold his nerve
Williams supports team orders return
McLaren splits strategy on F-duct
Button would quit over team orders
Teams pass new flexi-tests
McLaren warns rivals over team orders
Webber frustrated not to gain more
Heidfeld linked with Sauber return
The motorsport action
WRC: Ogier clinches victory in Japan
Le Mans Series: Peugeot wins AUTOSPORT 1000km
GP2: Maldonado close to title as Bird wins
GP2: Maldonado secures title, Vietoris wins
GP3: Gutierrez takes hard-earned win
GP3: Wickens victorious in final GP3 race
NASCAR: Hamlin leads Chase after victory
V8 Supercar: Lowndes, Skaife win Phillip Island 500