Hamilton surprised Vettel gave him opportunity to overtake
03 September, 2018, 18:45 | Author: Sheri Evans
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 turned in a decisive move on his championship rival at the Roggia chicane, moving to the outside while Vettel sized up teammate and race leader Kimi Raikkonen on the inside.
They swept the front row in qualifying at the fastest track on the calendar, the Ferrari's straight line speed leaving champions Mercedes in no doubt that they had a fight on their hands.
Hamilton's sixth win of the season lifted him to 256 points, to his German rival's 226, with seven races still ahead. 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.
By lap 11, Vettel was up into the points, and he would get as high as fourth before he would stop for a second time.
Now, Vettel has fallen 30 points behind Hamilton in the championship fight.
"I had no other chance [but] to run into him and make contact". "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". I could see some sparks, but we sit so low we don't see so much but I felt that something was not right and it was pointless so I came in.
"I was surprised when I got out", said Vettel.
"For sure [I'm] down at the moment, mostly for the people". "It doesn't help when you lose points but it's not the end of the world". "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".
"We are very fortunate to have capitalised on the different situations".
The victor was also helped considerably by team mate Valtteri Bottas who led after Hamilton pitted and managed to hold up Raikkonen long enough for the other Mercedes to close the gap. "But I think given I was looking the wrong way after four corners and in last (place), finishing in fourth with effectively the same strategy as everybody else is a decent recovery with the damage we had".
Hamilton's overtaking move on Vettel was investigated by the stewards but they took no action, deeming it a racing incident.
Vettel's failure to take pole leaves him without a buffer to Hamilton on the charge to the opening bend here on Sunday.
"But then what can you do when you get spun around?" The close competition is great for the sport, and it is pushing us to limits that we didn't even know we could go to.
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