How Hamilton forced Ferrari's implosion - F1

Italy Grand Prix Marcus Ericsson crash

Italy Grand Prix Marcus Ericsson crash

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton delivered one of his greatest races Sunday when he wrecked Ferrari's homecoming party as he stormed to a record-equalling fifth Monza victory at the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton qualified on row two at Monza behind Ferrari pair Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel and remained in third place after the first chicane.

The tow, coupled with a scruffy final lap by Vettel, provided Raikkonen with enough speed to edge out Ferrari's number one championship contender by 0.161 seconds, and Hamilton by 0.175 sec.

Hamilton's sixth win of the season lifted him to 256 points, to his German rival's 226, with seven races still ahead. "Then I was the one who spun around, which was ironic".

Raikkonen is Vettel's rear-gunner at Ferrari, 85 points behind Hamilton, and out of the title race.

The Italian media and others surmised, however, that Raikkonen's uncompromising start may have had something to do with other matters off the track that left him in no mood to make life easy. I could just focus on Kimi for the whole race.

"Of course, we were hopeful that we might be able to give them a run for their money", Hamilton said.

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Vettel managed to cross the line in fifth after climbing back through the field, and was promoted to fourth following the five-second time penalty for Max Verstappen. "I think we all got off to similar starts and then I got a bit of wheelspin, and then went into Turn 1". "So then I left a gap and Lewis obviously saw a little bit around the outside but then he didn't leave me any space".

"Obviously it doesn't help when you lose points", he added.

"It just damaged the vehicle a little bit but I was able to continue and the rear was moving around a little bit more so it made it a little bit more hard, but not impossible".

"We couldn't have imagined we would have that kind of lead", Hamilton said.

According to Vettel's version of events, Hamilton did not leave him enough room to avoid a collision. "But I think given I was looking the wrong way after four corners and in last (place), finishing in fourth with effectively the same strategy as everybody else is a decent recovery with the damage we had". "I respect him so much and I really enjoy racing with him".

"It is very, very easy to allow it to get to you, to allow it to have an impact on your life and have you think about it, all these different things".

"We knew they had the pace this weekend. So I don't take anything from it and I know how it is to be in that emotion, and I'm sure he didn't mean too much by it".

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