Lewis Hamilton denies Ferrari a dream home win at Italian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel admits his rivalry with Lewis Hamilton is intense

While Sebastian Vettel claims that Lewis Hamilton didn't leave him enough space as the pair headed into the second chicane, resulting in a clash that was not only decisive in terms of the Italian Grand Prix but also, possibly, the 2018 World Championship, Lewis Hamilton admits surprise that the German allowed him the opportunity to get alongside in the first place.

The collision resulted in Vettel spinning his Ferrari and damaging the front wing while Hamilton's auto survived undamaged and he went on to win the race and increase his championship lead to 30 points.

Hamilton then beat Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to victory and extended his championship lead to 30 points. It was soon clear that the main contest was the battle between Ferrari and Mercedes, with Vettel and Hamilton leading the way. Unfortunately, our race was compromised and it was a shame, but then I tried to do my best and had a decent recovery from the back.

After the race Vettel, who finished fourth, still felt Hamilton was in the wrong. "I think if he have this pace, the points sound a lot, but actually it doesn't take a long time to get that down".

Hamilton said he had already been "a bit surprised" that Vettel went to the left at the first chicane, where "there was a small touch between us all" and was surprised by his approach to the Roggia too.

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 know I've got those individuals who are out there who travel the world to support me. It definitely happens in football and probably here more than I've noticed in others but it is the way it is", added the Briton. "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".

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have been battling each other since 2010
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel have been battling each other since 2010

The incident was investigated, but the stewards took no action, ruling "neither driver was wholly or predominantly at fault".

Ferrari great Schumacher won the Monza race five times between 1996 and 2006, and Hamilton's triumph on Sunday matched the seven-time champion's haul.

"But I generally think that this year I've been quite consistent in my delivery". We have to deliver results like this more often.

"Hamilton gave him all the room".

"I'm not too anxious", he told reporters after finishing fourth in an Italian Grand Prix won by his Mercedes rival. "I respect him so much and I really enjoy racing with him".

"Disappointed but there was nothing I could do", said Raikkonen, who struggled with a tire problem in the final few laps. "Then I got used to it and drove around it but when I got out of the auto I was surprised myself". They know who they are.

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