Vettel: Hamilton did not leave me any space

Italy Grand Prix Marcus Ericsson

Vettel, who finished fourth and now trails Hamilton by 30 points, laid the blame on Hamilton after the race but the Mercedes driver was confident he had done nothing wrong.

The defending world champion produced a perfectly-judged race of raw aggression and astute tyre-management in his Mercedes to finish 8.7 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who had claimed pole position in a Ferrari front row with the fastest lap in Formula One history.

Vettel clashed with Hamilton on lap 1 at Monza as the Brit challenged the Ferrari driver for second place.

The Briton's sixth win of the season lifted him to 256 points, to his German rival's 226. Unfortunately, I was the one that spun around, which is ironic'.

Vettel was at his commanding best seven days ago to win in Belgium, but he was on the back foot from the start here after his critical collision with Hamilton. I left him room.

That definitely took a lot of pressure off and just meant I could focus on Kimi for the whole race. I was surprised that Sebastian went to the left but then we got into Turn 1 and I think there was a small touch between us.

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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. So, when I touched Lewis, I span around and that was unfortunate, as my vehicle got quite some damages.

"I think there was enough space between us".

In more orchestrated circumstances, Ferrari would have done everything to ensure Vettel started on pole with Raikkonen riding shotgun behind.

The incident was investigated, but the stewards took no action, ruling "neither driver was wholly or predominantly at fault". There are many points to win back now in the championship, but we still have time to improve and we have the margin to recover. It's disappointing of course, because we had the pace and we definitely could have won.

"It was unfortunate for us to get spun around and have a lot of damage but it could have been also him that spins around and us carrying on".

"I'm really really proud of them, because obviously when you're in a big sea of red and there's the booing and. you notice there's one guy standing there with a flag or there's a kid waving it and you can imagine being surrounded by that, feeling the heat on him", he said. Yesterday I was trying to figure out how aggressive you can be because my race is not really with Kimi, it's with Sebastian. They know who they are. However, he said that he's "not too worried" about the championship situation.

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