Kimi Raikkonen puts Hamilton in the shade

Kimi Raikkonen puts Hamilton in the shade

Kimi Raikkonen puts Hamilton in the shade

Hamilton was bitterly disappointed that Ferrari out-powered his Mercedes at last Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix where Vettel was triumphant and the Englishman finished 11 seconds behind him.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who saw his advantage cut to 17 points last weekend, was third fastest - missing out on pole at Monza for the first time in five years.

"It's good to be up there with them and be a match but I don't think we can take anything for granted".

Mr. Vettel's winning margin was heightened by Mr. Hamilton and MercedesAMG's opting to "save the engine" late on, but the Mr. Hammiltion acknowledged Ferrari was faster both on the initial supersoft stint and in the 2nd part of the race on softs.

This weekend the circus drives across Europe to Italy for the Itallian Grand Prix. There was a little confusion in the Ferrari camp soon after as Vettel thought he had secured pole.

Brendon Hartley toys with the crowd at Monza
PETER FOX GETTY IMAGES Brendon Hartley toys with the crowd at Monza

German driver Sebastian Vettel has crashed his Ferrari into a barrier at a Formula 1 exhibition event in Milan.

Raikkonen set the fastest lap in Formula One history as he blitzed his way round the 3.6-mile Monza circuit at a staggering average speed of 163.793 miles per hour.

But for the last four years Ferrari have had their nose rubbed in it by successive wins for Mercedes, stretching the gap since the Scudderia triumphed there back to 2010 when Fernando Alonso lifted the trophy. They have a lot of respect for me and good respect for both drivers. But after being soundly beaten in Belgium just a week ago, Mercedes appear to be far more competitive this weekend, with Hamilton beaten by just 0.175 seconds in this Saturday's qualifying hour.

Vettel has done so previously with Toro Rosso (2008) and Red Bull (2011 and 2013).

Ferrari have won 234 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 81 and Red Bull 58. Insane small margins today, .05 from getting through to Q2 and 1 tenth behind Pierre.

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"I don't know. You need to ask him but I think he said in the press conference something with tricks but I think he said many times he doesn't want it to be interpreted in the wrong way and I think maybe it did", Vettel said Thursday ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

Vettel: The four-time world champion has recorded four wins in Japan - the same as Hamilton - but the Prancing Horse have not tasted victory there since Michael Schumacher in 2004.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said that they will have to wait until the results of the Monza race before they decide whether they should focus all their force in one driver or just let them race against each other.

Sauber later confirmed their driver was uninjured following the scary shunt, and although they remained tight-lipped on what caused Ericsson to stray off the track.

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