With seven races remaining, it seems counter-intuitive to put undue emphasis on the Italian Grand Prix. After all, winning it is worth the same 25 points the other six offer.
But for Fernando Alonso, it is the definition of a must-win. His second place at Spa kept him just about within sight of Sebastian Vettel, but with Ferrari traditionally producing a strong low-downforce package for Monza, this is arguably the one grand prix remaining on the calendar that the Spaniard can be confident of a shot at winning in a straightforward race.
Last year, it really was the one that got away. Alonso was adamant he would have been on pole position had an anti-roll bar problem not ruined his qualifying attempt in Q3. He came through to third, but it might have been so much better had he started in the right place.