Classy Hamilton outshines Vettel in Italy

Sheila Mcguire
September 3, 2018

Sebastian Vettel claims his title rival Lewis Hamilton did not leave him enough space ahead of their collision on the opening lap of the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton turned in a decisive move on his championship rival at the Roggia chicane, moving to the outside while Vettel sized up teammate and race leader Kimi Raikkonen on the inside.

Hamilton's fifth Italian win drew him level with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in the record books. Unfortunately I was the one that spun around which is a bit ironic but was that way. "Then things were not looking too peachy but from there we drove well and tried to recover and we still got a lot of points so it could have been much worse today". Second position is not ideal, but we take it; I think that we were lucky to finish the race, on the rear left tyre there was no rubber left.

"We woke up to torrential rain this morning, which meant it was a less busy first session than normal", said Hamilton.

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen was handed a five-second penalty for refusing to give Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas room and pushing him off track.

"I know I've got those individuals who are out there who travel the world to support me".

"We're all working flat out right now in every part of the team, and we have work to do tonight as well - but there are some areas where we can see deficits, so I hope we can make a little step for qualifying." .

The race stewards investigated and ruled the crash a normal "racing incident" that merited no further action.

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Vettel now trails Hamilton in the standings by 30 points.

"For sure I'm down at the moment but mostly for the people [here]". "It is easy in the arena that we're in, it is very, very easy to allow it to get to you, to allow it to have an impact on your life and think about it".

"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'm not too anxious [about the points difference]". Yesterday I was trying to figure out how aggressive you can be because my race is not really with Kimi, it's with Sebastian.

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Once again, Vettel's temperament was called into question after a collision that some pundits felt might have been avoided; he viewed it differently, of course.

"It was unfortunate for us to get spun around and have a lot of damage but it could have been him spun around and us carrying on". "It is very hard for people watching who are not in it to feel what we feel".

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