Hamilton denies Ferrari a home win at Italian GP

03 September, 2018, 18:43 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • Kimi Raikkonen Italian GP 2018

Sebastian Vettel was left surprised by the amount of damage his Ferrari SF71-H sustained in the clash with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap of the Italian Grand Prix.

The collision resulted in Vettel spinning his Ferrari and damaging the front wing while Hamilton's vehicle survived undamaged and he went on to win the race and increase his championship lead to 30 points.

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.

Still, it was a front row lockout for Ferrari - but not really in the order they wanted - with Hamilton behind them both.

That effectively ended Vettel's chances of victory at Monza and allowed Hamilton to go on and extend his lead in the drivers' standings to 30 points thanks to a sixth triumph in 2018. I left him space, but it was me who was the one who spun around.

By lap 11, Vettel was up into the points, and he would get as high as fourth before he would stop for a second time.

"Well I think you had more angles than I had but I tried to pass Kimi and then he put on the brakes and then I didn't really have a gap and I didn't want to try something silly", Vettel said.

"We have a different style, but I miss him a lot".

Vettel had to pit for a new front wing and then fought through to fifth on the road, before gaining another place via a penalty for Max Verstappen.

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"I tried to obviously get out of there but I couldn't".

"Lewis saw a little bit around the outside but he didn't leave me any space", the German told Sky F1 television of the collision.

Hamilton's overtaking move on Vettel was investigated by the stewards but they took no action, deeming it a racing incident. Unfortunately, we didn't deliver.

"I'm happy to fight three cars, I'm happy to fight 19 cars", said Vettel, when asked whether he was hampered by having to essentially compete against three cars, including that of his teammate, rather than two.

"I asked during the race how the pace was compared to others and I was struggling a little bit in the beginning with the traffic, it was quite messy, but then our pace was decent given the damage".

"To know that I am up there with Michael is always a real privilege".

"But then what can you do when you get spun around?"

"We gave it everything we could - it's obviously incredibly close between us but they've had the upper hand this weekend, " said Hamilton, who was booed by the crowd during his post-qualifying interview.

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