No decision on Raikkonen’s future — Ferrari

No decision on Raikkonen’s future — Ferrari

Raikkonen bolted across the track to defend the lead at the start, with Vettel tucking into his tow and then attempting a pass around the outside into the first chicane before bailing out. Raikkonen won that race, and the phrase ended up on T-shirts and fan banners.

"It was just not a good lap and not good enough".

Sebastian Vettel suffered a spin but still put Ferrari on top of the practice timesheets for their home Italian Grand Prix yesterday while Sauber's Marcus Ericsson walked away from a spectacular crash.

His seeming indifference contrasts with that of his more media-chiselled peers, gaining him a sizable following as a result.

And never more so than this weekend when all eyes will be on Sebastian Vettel to see if he can finally end the wait for a Ferrari vehicle to take the chequered flag at the Italian Grand Prix.

Red Bull will be looking more to Singapore, the race after, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo set to take a Renault engine upgrade in Monza that will incur engine penalties and leave him starting at the back.

"The problem is we are limited on the wets and inters we have for the weekend, so there are no guarantees this weather won't hang around for tomorrow", Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Sky Sports television.

"To be honest it was not a tidy lap and I think the other laps were actually better ones", he said.

To be precise, Hamilton holds a 17-point advantage over Sebastian Vettel with 13 races done and eight to go.

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"If I would have the pace to win the race [in Italy this weekend] and if by pure speed if I am about to win, I am sure that the team will look at the situation", he said.

Raikkonen's 1m19.119s lap record is a new lap record at Monza and included a final sector that was more than a tenth of a second faster than anyone else.

"I thought I managed it without touching [the wall] but I had a slight touch so we broke a little bit the rear wing endplate which we had to change", Vettel said. "We have never had any issues".

The Italian race has been staged at Monza every year except 1980 when it was at Imola.

Raikkonen can take his 100th career podium finish.

It comes after a long period of domination from Mercedes in terms of pole positions and victories in the Grand Prix.

"He's broken that mould of the corporate, nearly robotic, driver", Priestley said. That allowed Hamilton to mount one of his trademark comebacks from 14 on the grid to snatch an unexpected victory. "I think that will be something we miss, because personalities are few and far between when it comes to drivers in F1".

Vettel's auto slid into Hamilton's in the middle of the chicane and he spun in front of the pack, his front wing broken. "With our cars you can't really afford to touch or be touched".

Toto Wolff says Mercedes may soon need to consider imposing team orders. "We speak after, " he replied.

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