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SportDid Raikkonen crash cost Hamilton?

04:55  08 september  2019
04:55  08 september  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Lewis Hamilton believes he was "really unlucky" not to pip Charles Leclerc to Italian GP pole - but says he is But both Hamilton and Bottas reckon pole could have been theirs had they not had to lift when Kimi Raikkonen crashed ahead of them at the Parabolica. Did Raikkonen crash cost Hamilton ?

While comments from Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes made in the heat of the moment after the Silverstone race stirred up the idea that the first Rosberg says that the fact that Ferrari did not impose team orders in Austria to drop Raikkonen behind Vettel was a clear sign that the Finn is not out there

Did Raikkonen crash cost Hamilton? © Getty

Lewis Hamilton believes he was "really unlucky" not to pip Charles Leclerc to Italian GP pole - but says he is enjoying the "exciting" duel with Ferrari at Monza.

With the final laps of Q3 ruined by the farcical battle for a tow around F1's fastest lap, the battle 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 reckon pole could have been theirs had they not had to lift when Kimi Raikkonen crashed ahead of them at the Parabolica. Hamilton was directly behind the Alfa Romeo when it spun off.

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Raikkonen later spun off, leaving Hamilton to finish 14 seconds ahead of his closest championship Raikkonen set off after Hamilton and then found himself in the lead when the McLaren driver locked This is what I do best - you race down to the last minute. You don't turn the engine down and back off

Lewis Hamilton 's bid for a record-breaking British Grand Prix victory took a massive blow on the opening lap as contact with Kimi Raikkonen pitched him into a spin and left him dead last. Hamilton radioed his Mercedes team to report damage to his right-rear as a result of the incident.

"I was really unlucky," Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. "I was just behind Kimi for my first lap. I probably started the lap a little too close so I was catching him. Obviously with a slightly slower car you have to make a slightly bigger gap for the tow.

Did Raikkonen crash cost Hamilton? © Thomson Reuters Formula One F1 - Italian Grand Prix - Circuit of Monza, Monza, Italy - September 7, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton during qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

"I started catching him through the corners and I was thinking 'don't catch him too much' and I got into the last corner and he spun, and so I had to lift. With that lift I would have easily lost half a tenth and it would have been the difference between pole and second."

Nonetheless, the championship leader said: "But that's exiting. I love that it's that close and it's not multiple tenths."

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Raikkonen 's crash also delayed Hamilton , who was right behind the Finn and had to lift slightly at the last corner, later saying he felt that had cost him And Bottas escaped having his time deleted despite passing yellow flags for Raikkonen 's crash , on the basis that he did slow down - which he also said

Nico Rosberg has weighed into the debate over Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton 's first-lap collision at the British Grand Prix, but has gone against his The Finn put Hamilton into a spin after he had fallen behind Vettel and Valtteri Bottas in a poor start from pole and received a 10-second penalty, but

Leclerc vs Hamilton compared

In side-by-side SkyPad analysis of Leclerc and Hamilton's laps, Anthony Davidson shows how the Mercedes had been fractionally ahead of Ferrari starting the backstraight which heads to the Parabolica - and then was still level pegging exiting the final turn despite inevitably having to ease off for Raikkonen.

In the video above, Sky F1's Davidson says: "Raikkonen spins out in front and Lewis surely has to back out of that ever so slightly.

"On the exit, despite a car spinning in front of him and clearly having to back out, the extra speed that the Mercedes inherently has under it when it goes through a high-speed corner is enough to keep him pretty much level pegging with the Ferrari.

Did Raikkonen crash cost Hamilton? © Getty "Unfortunately for him, onto that [pit] straight, just at the end that's what made the difference."

Meanwhile, Leclerc said he had not been happy with his own first Q3 attempt.

"Mercedes were quick, we were very quick too," the Ferrari driver said.

"My lap was not special. I was way too close to Hulkenberg on the first timed lap. The slipstream was obviously amazing, but in the corners I was losing a lot. It was not ideal, I was way too close."

Hamilton and Bottas start between the two Ferraris on Sunday's grid and the Englishman said: "I'm really happy we improved the car bit by bit over the weekend and managed to get quite close to the Ferraris which is awesome."

Madness at Monza! Charles Leclerc takes pole position for Italian Grand Prix from Lewis Hamilton... but final runs turn into shambles as most drivers miss out on setting another lap.
FROM JONATHAN McEVOY AT MONZA: Charles Leclerc turned himself into an instant Ferrari favourite by taking a farcical pole position in front of the partisans at the Italian Grand Prix. The 21-year-old, buoyed by victory only a week ago in Belgium, outgunned his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the German who is paid £36million to bring the bacon home. The guard is changing. To loud cheers from the packed old stand on the start-finish straight bedecked in red flags and banners, Leclerc took the honours 0.039sec ahead Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in second. Valtteri Bottas was third quickest, with Vettel 0.

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