Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Classy Hamilton outshines Vettel in Italy

Vettel continues to outpace Hamilton, but gap shrinks Vettel demands answers from Ferrari
Rosie Leonard | 03 September, 2018, 18:47

Ferrari had the quickest cars at Monza and Vettel and his teammate Kimi Raikkonen had locked out the front row and were expected to win. We know we have a very strong vehicle, which was clearly demonstrated by the fact we monopolised the front row of the grid.

"In future, negativity is only an inspiration for me".

Hamilton was subjected to a plethora of boos on the podium, but insisted he was not fazed by the taunts of the Ferrari fans. "I think we have the pace", said Vettel. But it is also quite easy to harness it and use it and that gave me so much motivation today. "I have really been happy with what I've been able to extract from the auto and again, just incredibly grateful and proud of the team for continuing to keep their faith in me, and keep pushing as they are".

Raikkonen set the record of 1 minute 19.119 seconds to slip past team-mate Sebastian Vettel for pole position with a scorching lap to set up the Ferrari 1-2, a first at the Italian Grand Prix since 2000. He was only 0.175s off Raikkonen's fastest lap - and 0.014s off Vettel - but said his Mercedes simply did not have the performance to challenge. "Where did he expect me to go?" I made contact and I was spun around. I remember I had the experience a few years ago where I was on the inside and that didn't come off very well.

"Lewis saw a little bit around the outside, but he didn't leave me any space", said Vettel.

"But I'm sure it's a comment that was done in the heat of the moment, and it's never a great moment when you spin and the cars are coming the other way and then you have to come through".

"I'm not too anxious", he told reporters after finishing fourth in an Italian Grand Prix won by his Mercedes rival.

"Over and over, he keeps making these mistakes and that's not how you are going to beat Lewis Hamilton to a world championship". "Obviously his auto at that point feels a lot better than mine with nobody in front and I had nowhere to go. I left him space".

"I was just hopeful that later no I would have the opportunity to continue the fight".

Monza is the one race a Ferrari driver always has to win and none has done that since 2010.

Hamilton said: 'I was a bit surprised Seb chose the inside and not the outside of Kimi.

Verstappen was furious when he was told he had been given a five-second penalty for his role in the incident on team radio, swearing and adding: "They're doing a great job of killing racing, honestly".

But Bottas sacrificed himself for the good of the team again on Sunday to help Hamilton win the Italian Grand Prix and extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel.

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