Why there's no reason to expect a Ferrari fightback - F1

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton leads Vettel by 67 points and any result Sunday that puts him eight or more points ahead of Vettel clinches the title. "And being a great champion is more than just winning races", said the 47-year-old, who won his title with Williams.

The main advantage of starting on the ultra-soft is that it should offer better grip off the line and that could be enough to give Raikkonen the lead going into Turn 1.

"It is was it is", Vettel said.

"There's been some races when I haven't been able to do better so I'm happy I could today". "My thinking is already about tomorrow and that we are lacking some straight-line speed so I expect Ferrari will be attacking us".

Raikkonen said: "It's been a pretty positive day".

Hamilton is now 70 points ahead of Vettel, who passed Valtteri Bottas to finish fourth in the closing stages, with 75 remaining.

Hamilton climbed out of his Mercedes to greet film star Matthew McConaughey with a hug before returning to the fray, a clear signal of his relaxed mood.

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The Monza weekend has been viewed as a defining one in the title battle, as Lewis Hamilton pulled off a shock win despite Ferrari having locked out the front row.

Only Raikkonen ran on ultra-soft tyres, on which he will start the race while the rest will be on their more-durable 'supers, enabling greater tactical flexibility for the first part of the race. So what condition they will be in after ten or so laps will be anyone's guess. The Dutchman's exit meant he was out-qualified by his team-mate Ricciardo for the first time in 12 outings.

Vettel slipped past Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and into fifth on the restart, but he was nearly 10 seconds behind fourth-placed Verstappen, where he remained for the opening stint.

Hamilton moved a step closer to another F1 title by earning pole in Austin, where he posted a time of one minute, 32.237 seconds on his final flying lap to top the leaderboard on Saturday.

A similar incident occurred at the last round in Japan when Esteban Ocon was given a three-place grid penalty for the same infringement.

Hamilton, still trailing Raikkonen, was told to pit if Kimi didn't, and when Ferrari left its man on track, the Briton dived into the pits to switch to a new set of soft-compound tires.

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