Vettel crashes Ferrari into barrier at F1 event

by Wade Massey September 3, 2018, 1:06
Vettel crashes Ferrari into barrier at F1 event

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton equaled Michael Schumacher's record of five Italian Grand Prix wins on Sunday and left Ferrari feeling the pain once again in their own backyard. Hamilton, however, took advantage of a slipstream off Vettel's Ferrari before lining up a move on his championship rival at turn four.

Hamilton leads Vettel in the title race by 17 points.

Vettel's veteran Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen finished second, after starting on pole position and racing superbly, with compatriot Valtteri Bottas third for Mercedes.

"So you're going to see fairly limited running today". "You knocked that out of the park today".

"And obviously to do it on Ferrari's home turf as well, with such a hard crowd and so much pressure on the team with the performance that they have, to really be able to pull a little bit more out of the bag, and really make it stick..."

"Today was so hard".

"The last podiums I had in the right color were already quite wonderful and obviously (a win) is definitely something I want to achieve doing here with Ferrari", Vettel said.

Hamilton still wanted to placate the huge crowd that had flooded onto the main straight at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza by playing homage to his rivals. "We still have a long way to go but I am definitely happy with the day's result". "I had no other chance (but) to run into him and make contact".

It was the first time this season that a Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull driver had not led the practice timesheets but the conditions explained everything and the top teams will not be remotely concerned.

Poleman Raikkonen maintained the lead at the start despite pressure from Vettel and a lock-up into the first corner, before Hamilton drafted the Ferraris and attacked Vettel around the outside at the Roggia chicane.

"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".

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".

That meant Bottas was able to hold up Raikkonen, and within three laps of Hamilton pitting he was within DRS range of Raikkonen and on fresher rubber.

Mercedes co-star Valtteri Bottas was nudged off by Red Bull's Max Verstappen during lap 44 when both men were battling for third place.

Vettel was back in the points by lap 15, helped by the safety auto coming out immediately after his spin as marshals removed New Zealander Brendon Hartley's damaged Toro Rosso.

Carlos Sainz was seventh on his birthday for Renault ahead of Esteban Ocon of Force India, Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso and Lance Stroll of Williams.

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