Aiming for pole record, Hamilton tops opening Monza practice

Aiming for pole record, Hamilton tops opening Monza practice

"I think we could run with them, absolutely".

A confident Lewis Hamilton claims he's getting better with age and is "stronger than ever" after celebrating his 200th grand prix with a crucial victory. When I turn up here at the gate, obviously there are a lot of Ferrari fans here, and maybe at least 50 percent of them say "Come to Ferrari, come to Ferrari".

Alonso is also due to start Sunday's race from the back of the field after McLaren's beleaguered partner Honda confirmed the Spaniard will serve a 35-place drop following further engine penalties.

"I don't know who will win".

"I don't know what other teams are doing, but for us we both go flat out, and then see what happens".

"I don't know if everyone expected him to sign a three-year deal", he said.

Palmer is facing a tall order to keep his drive for 2018, but more performances like at Spa in practice, over the remaining races, starting in Italy, will certainly give him a chance. The long straights are unlikely to suit the Renault engine, which still lacks grunt compared to Mercedes and Ferrari, and if Verstappen is going to have the pain of starting towards the back of the grid, he may as well have it at a track he is likely to struggle on.

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Nico Rosberg took just 1hr 17m to seal victory at Monza last season, and you can expect the chequered flag to be waved in even less time this weekend. Saturday to have the Pole, and to win the race on Sunday the way we did. On top of that the food is really good and the weather too.

"It's a special place", said Mr. Vettel. The triple world champion, already under contract for 2018, disclosed on Thursday that he meant to sign another multi-year deal that would take him beyond his mid-thirties.

While the rival Mercedes team has operated with a joint number one driver policy between Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, Ferrari has been accused of backing Vettel over Raikkonen, believing the German to be its best bet for a first title since 2008.

"There's no rush and l still have another year".

"I'm made aware of who contacts the team, and that's down to a great relationship that I have with Toto", Hamilton said ahead of this weekend's race at Monza, Motorsport.com reports.

"He is very open with me about who calls and it is kind of interesting sometimes to hear who calls and who is trying to either take my seat, or take the seat next door to me".

"If Hamilton beats all his records it's okay and good for him, but it will not change for me".

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