Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Hamilton calls Vettel-collision "massive turning point"

Hamilton calls Vettel-collision

While Sebastian Vettel claims that Lewis Hamilton didn't leave him enough space as the pair headed into the second chicane, resulting in a clash that was not only decisive in terms of the Italian Grand Prix but also, possibly, the 2018 World Championship, Lewis Hamilton admits surprise that the German allowed him the opportunity to get alongside in the first place.

Vettel then tangled with world champion and eventual race victor Lewis Hamilton, spinning back to 18th and having to fight through to a damage-limiting fourth - 30 points adrift of the British Mercedes driver with seven races left.

Then Hamilton hunted down Kimi Raikkonen, biding his time and he took the lead with eight laps to go.

The thrilling victory was a fifth in a row for Mercedes at Monza, spiritual home of the sport's most glamorous and successful team, and one of Hamilton's most satisfying.

Vettel spun in a lap-one clash with Hamilton and although he raced back through the field with a damaged auto to fourth, he slipped 30 points behind the Englishman with seven races to go. I left him space, but it was me who was the one who spun around.

"At the beginning I tried to overtake Kimi in Turn 1 and 4, but I couldn't".

Vettel then fought back through the field from 18th to fourth, ending the day 30 points behind Hamilton with seven races remaining. "I think they gave us a lot of support and we didn't deliver for whatever reason. I actually accept it", Hamilton said after getting roundly booed on the podium.

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen was handed a five-second penalty for refusing to give Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas room and pushing him off track.

"I tried to obviously get out of there but I couldn't".

"I think it was 100 per cent Sebastian's fault", Rosberg told Sky F1.

"We're all working flat out right now in every part of the team, and we have work to do tonight as well - but there are some areas where we can see deficits, so I hope we can make a little step for qualifying." .

Following the Safety Car caused by the incident, Hamilton and Raikkonen then enjoyed an nearly identical battle, with Raikkonen, having been passed in Turn 1, going around the outside of Hamilton into Turn 4 - although this time, no contact was made... I made contact and I was spun around. "His auto at that point feels a lot better than mine with nobody in front, and I had nowhere to go".

Hamilton's overtaking move on Vettel was investigated by the stewards but they took no action, deeming it a racing incident.

"I'm not too anxious [about the points difference]". They know who they are.

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