Kimi Raikkonen steals Sebastian Vettel's limelight with some Monza magic

Kimi Raikkonen steals Sebastian Vettel's limelight with some Monza magic

Kimi Raikkonen steals Sebastian Vettel's limelight with some Monza magic

Marcus Ericsson walked away from one of the biggest Formula One crashes in recent years after losing control of his auto at 220mph in practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton took a superb victory in the Italian Grand Prix as he overhauled Kimi Raikkonen with just eight laps remaining after first lap contact with Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes driver fought a cat-and-mouse battle with Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen throughout the race and eventually passed him around the outside of the first corner with nine laps to go.

But Raikkonen progressed in setting faster times outpacing Hamilton and even Vettel.

Immediately after the finish Mr. Hamilton said Ferrari was aided by "a few trick things on the car" that enabled Mr. Vettel to fly past him on the straight.

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Drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were very quick during the wet qualifying and continued the good work into the race with the two cars finishing fifth (Perez) and sixth (Ocon).

Ferrari fans were pretty happy with the 1-2 grid placing at Monza.

Neither of them will want to take a big risk but on cold brakes and cold tyres at high speed it could be carnage at the front or further down.

Ferrari are looking for their first victory at their home grand prix in nearly a decade this weekend but, despite finishing more than half a second off Mercedes past year, have been tipped for a momentous win because of their engine power.

"[Fans] go insane whether it's practice or now in qualifying so that's nice to see, " Vettel said.

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Vettel knows how it feels to win at Monza - the "Pista Magica" - and be cheered all the way, as he was when he took his first F1 victory for Italy-based Toro Rosso in 2008. He also won the Italian GP in his 2011 and 2013 title years with Red Bull. "As a racing driver, I don't think it gets any better than that".

Ferrari was fast in all practice sessions but got pipped out of pole position by Lewis Hamilton during a wet patch period of qualifying.

"They are not used to it", Arrivabene said at Milan's F1 Festival this week.

Swedish Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson was lucky to escape injury after crashing in spectacular fashion due to a DRS failure.

"It was just unbelievable how intense qualifying was, and that's how racing should be". The Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finished second and third respectively a year ago, and should be in with a shout of challenging for a spot on the podium next weekend.

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Rivals Red Bull will hope they can stay in touch with their Renault engine, but expect to be a greater threat to the front-runners in Singapore at the end of September.

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