Published: Fri, September 01, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Hamilton ready to pledge future to Mercedes

Hamilton ready to pledge future to Mercedes

Raikkonen's second place finishes to Vettel in the Monaco and Hungarian Grands Prix in particular have led to suggestions that Ferrari is favouring its lead driver, but Vettel does not see it that way.

Vettel has four wins this season compared to Raikkonen's zero, while there is now a 92-point gap between the World Championship leader and the Finn who occupies fifth in the standings.

"I think there are some things that I learned from Spa, I think we learned as a team, but I learned as a driver, things that maybe I would do a bit different".

Whether it is the designs of the cars, the Ferrari Red livery, the long list of Champions to have raced for The Old Man or the scream of the engine, there is something really special about Ferrari.

"I don't think he was leaving anything behind, if he had opportunity properly to pass me I think he would have tried, and I think that is fair enough - I think it would have been same the other way around".

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But the Briton also acknowledged that both the Belgian GP and this weekend's race in Monza were essentially must-wins if he is to claim a fourth championship this season, given Mercedes' power advantage over Ferrari. His confidence for the future with Mercedes is one that's backed up by his understanding with the silver-arrow crew.

The high-powered nature of this famous circuit - the so-called "Temple of Speed" - is, just like the final round in Spa-Francorchamps, expected to suit Hamilton's Mercedes vehicle.

The race has been won from pole position nine times in the last 12 years, and 13 of the last 18.

Twenty years after winning the Italian Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver, Gerhard Berger was back on the top step of Monza's podium-this time as proud co-owner of the Scuderia Toro Rosso team.STR's.

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Hamilton's main rival for the 2017 world title, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, penned a fresh three-year contract this month.

"Our relationship is very good and each of us appreciates what they have in the other one", Wolff added.

"Next race we need to get at least those seven points again", said Hamilton.

I haven't thought that far ahead to be honest, in terms of what the quality would be like if I was there.

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