MONZA, Italy – Sebastian Vettel, according to a forecast from the Reuters news agency, can ”tighten the screw” on Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton at the Italian Grand Prix this weekend.
His challenge: to deliver Ferrari’s first Monza victory since 2010 while also matching British icon Stirling Moss’s 1950’s winning at the ‘Pista Magica’ for three different F1 teams.
He’s won at Monza for Toro Rosso and Red Bull so will be keen for the hat trick. Vettel, Reuters reports, is 17 points behind Hamilton after the latter’s win in Belgium the previous Sunday.
He was has been reported as confidently saying: ”We’ve a good car that seems to work everywhere so I hope we can now carry that momentum and speed to Monza.”
Hamilton was seven points behind Vettel ahead of the 2017 race, Reuter reported, ”but left with a three-point advantage in a turnaround that ultimately led to his fourth World title”.
Ferrari and Mercedes each have five wins from 13 races.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolf commented: “Spa was always a bit of a tricky one for us. Monza was a good one, so I’m very curious to see how it’s going to go here.”
Force India will be hoping for another strong performance given that its drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were fifth and sixth at Spa in the team’s first race under their new owner.