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Hamilton "left enough space" for Vettel

  • Published on 03 Sep 2018 10:57
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton is confident that he left Sebastian Vettel enough room on the opening lap of the Italian Grand Prix. The two came together at Turn 4 as Hamilton attempted to overtake Vettel around the outside, while Vettel kept to the inside to defend his line.

However, contact was made and Vettel spun around which dropped him to the back of the field. The 30-year-old recovered to pick up a fourth-place finish, but lost 13 points to Hamilton in the driver's standings. Hamilton is adamant that he left enough space for his fellow four-time world champion.

"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 all. Then powering down to 4, again, a bit surprised Sebastian chose the inside and not go through the outside of Kimi – that was my opportunity.

“I stuck it down the outside and had to make sure I was far enough alongside and I had an experience a few years ago where I was on the inside back in 2012 or something like that and it didn’t come off very well, but I thought there was enough space between us.

“I think ultimately, I am guessing he may be locked up, I don’t know, we touched it was a brief moment. It just damaged the car 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 difficult, but not impossible.”

After the collision, Hamilton slotted into second place behind Raikkonen and spent most of the Grand Prix tucked in behind the Finn. On lap 45, Hamilton made his move and overtook Raikkonen, before going on to seal his fifth win at the Monza circuit.

“I was trying to figure out how aggressive you can be, because my race is not with Kimi – it is with Sebastian,” he said. “I was trying to get past Kimi at the same time. I was just telling him he did a fantastic race, he drove incredibly fairly and I respect him so much. I really enjoyed racing with him. But getting past Seb at the beginning was clearly a massive turning point.”

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  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    And according to the stewards he isn't either. If he's involved in a situation it's seems to always deemed to be an "racing incident" which seems to be code for "Nope we are not giving him an penalty". I don't think you should have had an penalty nor that verstappen should have received one.

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    • Sep 3 2018 - 16:16
    • Verstappen's penalty was well deserved. It was shockingly stupid for him to crowd the outside as he did. Bottas was nowhere near overtaking. Bottas was already at the edge of the track. Max drove into him. It was a simple decision to penalize.

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      • Sep 3 2018 - 16:53
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,168

      Bottas could not do an clean overtake and tried with an clumsy move after that he needed help of the stewards to assist him with an artificial overtake. Should have been classed as another racing incident. Double standards as per usual.

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      • Sep 3 2018 - 22:57
    • nah... it's just you and every other dutch fanboy. Verstappen has gotten penalties he didn't deserve in the past. No doubt. But this one was fairly straightforward.

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      • Sep 4 2018 - 19:04
  • Enough space for a tapeworm mayhaps.

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    • Sep 3 2018 - 19:17

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