Vettel: Kimi's allowed to win

Vettel: Kimi's allowed to win

Vettel: Kimi's allowed to win

And never more so than this weekend when all eyes will be on Sebastian Vettel to see if he can finally end the wait for a Ferrari auto to take the chequered flag at the Italian Grand Prix.

A win by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on Sunday would make him only the second driver, and first since Britain's Stirling Moss in the 1950s, to win at Monza with three different teams.

After trimming Hamilton's overall lead to 17 points last weekend, Vettel is now focused on ending Ferrari's eight-year wait for a win at the Italian GP, where he says the track "in many ways is similar to Spa" and suited to the team.

His comments came in reference to Hamilton's suggestion that Ferrari's cars had "tricky" parts to assist their performance-setting speed.

But Vettel is sounding confident.

"My last lap I wasn't happy with it and I think it was the only chance I had to get a shot at pole", he said.

The passionate Ferrari fans were delighted as Vettel briefly took top spot after crossing the line ahead of Raikkonen at the end of Q3, and the cheers grew even louder when the Finn completed his lap to post a time 0.161 faster.

Since Ferrari became more of a threat last season, Mercedes has shown the necessary willingness to adapt its stance as required.

"We're used to that though, and we have to perform in races like this".

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).

Those factors are demonstrated in Betfair's markets where Vettel is [1.96] to be the race victor and [1.76] to take pole position in Saturday's qualifying session.

"They are not used to it", said Arrivabene.

"We must put pressure on Mercedes, who are not accustomed to it".

"Spa was always a bit of a tricky one for us", he told reporters.

Monza has for decades been one of the great races on the Formula 1 weekend, and this weekend should be no exception.

"To be honest, I don't feel anything for Mercedes, but I feel for Ferrari and especially this weekend on home soil", Vettel, 31, added.

Bottas had to face questions about team orders in Germany, where Hamilton led a shock Mercedes one-two thanks to a mid-race downpour and Vettel crash, and again in Hungary, where Bottas was described as a "wingman" after defending from the Ferraris as Hamilton charged to victory.

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By lap 11, Vettel was up into the points, and he would get as high as fourth before he would stop for a second time. "The first win was overwhelming in many regards".

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