Mercedes power is definitely better than Ferrari power — Hamilton taunts Tifosi

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With Kimi Raikkonen starting from fifth and Sebastian Vettel sixth, Vettel quickly rose to third behind Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas but could make no further progress.

Hamilton - who finished the race in front of teammate Valtteri Bottas, in second place, and Vettel, in third - said he didn't mind playing the villain in front of the passionate crowd.

With only 7 races left this season, we are guaranteed to see great competition between Mercedes and Ferrari.

"That's also not how I like to operate".

Hit the next page for the full results of the 2017 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix. "It's been a long time Sebastian's been leading the championship so it's good to come back".

For Wolff, he is hopeful that his team can buck the trend of a campaign in which Mercedes have noticeably struggled at low-speed circuits.

"[Monza was] just an exceptional weekend from the team", he added to Channel 4. Retirements included Palmer and Vandoorne, Alonso and Ericsson but there were no major dramas to speak of. "We have a strong car and will have a strong end to the season".

And get him Ricciardo did, somehow sneaking past in the tightest of corners.

This is the fourth consecutive year Lewis Hamilton has taken pole at Monza.

"It's obviously an incredibly exciting season and the last two races have been incredibly strong for us as a team", Hamilton said.

"So yes we had a Monza package, but it wasn't down to the low downforce configuration".

"He's had a relatively comfortable lead most of the year".

"I'm three points ahead".

It is believed that he last ran at Paul Ricard with McLaren in May 2008. "The plan is to try to extend it".

Next up is floodlit Singapore on September 17, a tight, bumpy street circuit which will suit the Ferraris just as much as Monza helped Hamilton's Mercedes in the Italian team's backyard.

"This morning, based on the Friday long runs, we thought they would be closer, considering their Spa performance".

"It's been a real constant search and battle for perfection to overhaul Ferrari", Hamilton told reporters.