Sebastian Vettel - I feel like I let Monza crowd down

Sebastian Vettel - I feel like I let Monza crowd down

Sebastian Vettel - I feel like I let Monza crowd down

As for Bottas, he would re-ignite his race-long battle with Verstappen claiming third by default after the Red Bull driver was penalised five seconds for causing contact between the pair under braking for the first chicane.

Hamilton tied Michael Schumacher's record of five Italian GP victories and extended his overall lead to 30 points over Vettel, who had cut the British driver's advantage to 17 points following last weekend's victory in Belgium.

"I think you have more angles than I have but I tried to pass Kimi and he opened the brakes and I didn't have a gap", he told Sky Sports.

"I stuck it down the outside and had to make sure I was far enough alongside as I had an experience a few years ago where I was on the inside - back in 2012 or something like that - and it didn't come off very well, but I thought there was enough space between us and I think ultimately, I am guessing he may be locked up".

I was really trying to do all I can to get to the podium. I left him space, but it was me who was the one who spun around. "But it was that way".

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.

"When you're looking the wrong way, things do not look too peachy but I recovered and got a lot of points", he added.

"I think everybody has the right to do what they feel like", Raikkonen said. We still got a lot of points so it could have been a lot worse today.

The Finn's pole position lap around Monza was the fastest in Formula One history as the 2007 world champion averaged 163.78mph in his Ferrari.

In more orchestrated circumstances, Ferrari would have done everything to ensure Vettel started on pole with Raikkonen riding shotgun behind.

"Their support has been incredible. It was obviously unnecessary, it could have been the other way around, but it wasn't so it was unfortunate and unlucky for us". His next target is Sergio Perez, so you would expect the German to get past him in a quite straightforward fashion. They certainly seemed to have a very good vehicle in qualifying and a good auto in the race but we haven't seen Sebastian perform in a vehicle without any damage.

Vettel clashed with Hamilton on lap 1 at Monza as the Brit challenged the Ferrari driver for second place.

He insisted his conviction that Ferrari was now faster than Mercedes meant the fact his championship deficit to Hamilton was the biggest it had been all year was nothing to be concerned about. Secondly, I want to give a huge shout to these guys (points at team) and everyone back home. But after I had that [collision], I did everything I could, with the damage I had on the vehicle - the whole side was missing - I think it was reasonable.

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