Mercedes Pushing to Overcome Ferrari’s ‘Small Advantage’ at Monza - Hamilton

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The four-time champion German said he felt championship leader Hamilton did not leave him enough room when the pair clashed at the second chicane. I'm sure you can always look at the data and see there's a little bit more but of course I'm pushing the auto as hard as I can and I'm really happy with the performance, really, this weekend.

"I tried to obviously get out from there but I couldn't". "We did a few laps but after that it was like having a day in the office when you don't have too much work to do - I was even snoozing in the auto at one point! But it was that way".

Hamilton then overtook pole sitter Kimi Raikkonen twice on his way to win the race.

A safety vehicle was deployed, enabling Vettel to pit for a new wing.

"When you're looking the wrong way, things do not look too peachy", Vettel added. 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.

Quizzed about Raikkonen's slipstream, the German replied: "We have an order which changes every weekend, and this weekend it was Kimi's turn to go second (and get the tow)". He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and sportscars to Formula 3, before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. We'll all still wake up tomorrow morning. It just damaged the auto 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.

"Their support has been incredible". We have to deliver results like this more often. And it's never a great feeling when you spin and you're facing the other cars coming the other way.

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"Obviously it could have been a good race but it wasn't. It was still very entertaining, probably more entertaining that way, but not very satisfying".

After calling into the pits, Vettel fought back through the field to finish fourth, partly thanks to Max Verstappen of Red Bull taking a five-second time penalty for a brush with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes.

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.

"Honestly the points difference between me and Lewis is now very big so I'm willing to cooperate when it makes sense", Bottas said.

"I think it was 100 percent Sebastian's fault".

"There are a lot of Ferrari fans out there and you hear a lot of negative sounds, but that only encourages and energises me".