Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will not struggle in Monza as much as it did at the Belgian Grand Prix, which saw Sebastian Vettel lead every single lap of the 44-lap race, after getting the jump on the first lap.
After dominant wins for Hamilton in Germany and Hungary, the Brit conceded the lead to Vettel on the first lap and the German went on to dominate the Belgian Grand Prix and cut Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 championship lead down to just 17 points.
Whilst many have credited the power unit advancements of Ferrari in Belgium and tipped them for further dominance in Monza, Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will be closer at Ferrari’s backyard given the lack of slower corners present around Monza.
“Luckily there, apart from turn one, it’s not that slow the chicanes. I’m hoping the traction loss we were having in the super-slow corners [at Spa], hopefully it won’t be as bad there.
“The last two corners and turn one are where we lose a lot of time, and I think most of our time to be honest. But also today [Vettel] didn’t have to do any management. He was just flat-chat, no problem with the tyres. Hopefully that element’s not a problem in the next race.”
Toto Wolff, the Mercedes motorsport boss, also urged that Mercedes have many deficits to the Ferrari Formula 1 team, and argued that their engine is not the single biggest element that’s keeping the Scuderia ahead.
“When I look at the race I see many deficits.” Wolff told Autosport.
“We are a strong team but there are deficits that are obvious and cause us not to perform as we expect.”
“You can see the deficits. It is the slow speed, and it is the traction.
“This is what I would summarise as the main weaknesses at the moment.
“Plus clearly, compared to the Ferraris and the Red Bulls and the Force Indias, [we were] the car that was cooking the tyres the most.”