Lewis Hamilton celebrates his victory at the Italian Grand Prix
Hamilton toasted his victory on Ferrari’s home turf in Monza – his second triumph in what could prove a pivotal eight days in this year’s title battle – with a beer from his Monte Carlo apartment on Sunday night before skateboarding through the streets of his adopted home town.
He is now three points clear of Vettel after his crushing performance in which he finished 36 seconds clear of the German, who crossed the line a distant third.
Vettel attempted to put a brave face on their disappointing performance in front of a record 93,000 crowd, made up mostly of partisan Ferrari fans, but Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive of the Italian manufacturer described the difference between his team and Mercedes as “embarrassing”.
Ferrari’s disappointing weekend was made worse when Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who started 16th, eased past their second driver Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages to finish fourth.
For me it looks like Ferrari have taken a step back this weekend
“Emotions run high and when you have a bad day you can’t hide it, so I can understand his feelings,” said Mercedes boss Toto Wolff in response to Marchionne’s comments.
“For me it looks like Ferrari have taken a step back this weekend. I think we were very solid, but they have not performed in the way everybody expected.
“The Red Bull started towards the back of the grid and almost finished third which suggests something was out of sync here, and something was not how it should have been.”
The F1 circus now leaves Europe and heads to Singapore for its next stop a week on Sunday, the first of three races in Asia.