Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Formula One: Vettel blames Hamilton, but experts blame the German driver

Formula One: Vettel blames Hamilton, but experts blame the German driver

For Lewis Hamilton, it was a dream of a race as he won the Italian Grand Prix after starting third on the grid to extend his championship lead over Sebastian Vettel following an opening-lap collision with the German driver that effectively ended his chances of victory on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton had a collision with Sebastian Vettel in the very first lap which has split opinion whether to who is to blame, and the Brit conceded that it was definitely the turning point of the race.

Lewis Hamilton gave it everything in his Mercedes - and was on provisional pole for a matter of moments - before Sebastian Vettel first and then Raikkonen bettered his time.

Most observers had certainly expected a hard result after Ferrari locked out the front row at Monza, yet the team's race began to fall apart inside four corners when Vettel clashed with Hamilton.

The result leaves Vettel trailing Hamilton by 30 points in the drivers' championship with seven races remaining.

"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. I left him space". "I always tell you that I don't really have the greatest of memories - but under the sheer pressure that we are under I definitely will consider it to be quite far up there".

"It was a losing battle since that point, but I tried, it was impossible in the end, unfortunately".

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Hamilton said Ferrari had looked like the quicker team throughout free practice and hopes changes made to his car's setup from Friday will make it more competitive in the race.

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. Racing resumed on lap four as the stewards announced they were taking no action, declaring it a "racing incident".

"I'm not too anxious", he told reporters after finishing fourth in an Italian Grand Prix won by his Mercedes rival.

"Obviously it doesn't help when you lose points", he added. We have to deliver results like this more often.

"I think you can imagine how I felt".

"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 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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