Lewis Hamilton thinks that he was”really unlucky” to not pip Charles Leclerc to Italian GP post – but states he’s enjoying the”exciting” duel with Ferrari at Monza.
With the last laps of Q3 destroyed by the farcical battle for a tow round F1’s fastest lap, the struggle for pole was ultimately settled by the first Q3 runs – which Leclerc won from Mercedes’ Hamilton by a mere 0.036s and Valtteri Bottas by 0.047s.
But both Hamilton and Bottas suspect rod could have been theirs had they never had to lift when KimI Raikkonen crashed at the Parabolica before them. As it spun off, hamilton was behind the Alfa Romeo.
“I had been very unlucky,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “I was behind Kimi for my first lap. I began so I caught him, the lap close. Obviously with a car you have to create a bigger gap for the tow.
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“I started catching him throughout the corners and that I was thinking’don’t catch him too far’ and I got to the last corner and he spun, so I had to lift. With that lift I would have lost a tenth plus it would have bene the gap between moment and rod.
Nonetheless, the championship leader explained:”But that is leaving. I really like that it’s that close and it is not several tenths.”
Leclerc vs Hamilton in comparison
In side-by-side SkyPad evaluation of Leclerc and also Hamilton’s laps, Anthony Davidson shows how the Mercedes was fractionally ahead of Ferrari beginning the backstraight which leads to the Parabolica – and then was level pegging leaving the last turn despite inevitably having to ease off for Raikkonen.
From the movie over, Sky F1’s Davidson says:”Raikkonen spins out in front and Lewis certainly must back out of this ever so slightly.
“On the exit, despite a vehicle spinning facing him clearly having to back out, the extra speed the Mercedes essentially has beneath it when it moves through a high-speed corner is sufficient to maintain him pretty much level pegging with the Ferrari.
“Unfortunately for him, onto this [pit] directly, just at the end that is what made the difference”
Leclerc said he hadn’t been happy with his first Q3 effort.
“Mercedes were quick, we were very fast also,” the Ferrari driver said.
“My lap wasn’t special. I was far too close to Hulkenberg. At the corners I had been shedding a lot, although the slipstream was obviously amazing. It was not perfect, but I was too close.”
Hamilton and Bottas start between both Ferraris on Sunday’s grid and the Englishman said:”I am very happy we improved the auto by bit over the weekend and also managed to get quite close to the Ferraris that is awesome.”
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