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But it now seems clear that Ferrari's is obviously faster, with Sebastian Vettel having won the Belgian Grand Prix and closed the gap to 17 points.

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 vehicle to take the chequered flag at the Italian Grand Prix.

Another victory this weekend would draw him level with Hamilton on four wins and, if the Briton suffers ill fortune, could also catapult Vettel into the lead of the drivers' championship.

Raikkonen set the fastest lap in Formula One history as he blitzed his way round the 3.6-mile Monza circuit at a staggering average speed of 163.793 miles per hour.

However, both were usurped by Raikkonen, who claimed his first pole of the season, leaving Vettel to lament his final lap.

"We speak later", was Vettel's response.

Vettel will also face some competition from his team mate Kimi Raikkonen [8.2] when it comes to ending that eight-year wait for a Ferrari victor at Monza. "I do not think we need big changes".

"In both stints he had a little bit more pace than me", he said.

"The further you are up in qualifying the less you risk to end up with an issue".

4 - Mercedes have won four on the spin at Monza, the most consecutive wins for a constructor at the Italian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo even had light contact with the man who will replace him at Red Bull next year - Pierre Gasly - on Lap 11 as the pair went wheel-to-wheel at Turn 1, passing the Toro Rosso a lap later as Gasly faded to finish 15th from ninth on the grid.

"On circuits where efficiency is important, like Silverstone, like Spa, we got good results and I think that is a good base for the rest of the season".

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.

The Mercedes driver would tie Michael Schumacher's record of five Italian GP victories with another victory on Sunday.

As for the F1 team, Camilleri said he is happy with Sebastian Vettel and also Raikkonen.

Swedish Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson was lucky to escape injury after crashing in spectacular fashion due to a DRS failure.

"It was just wonderful how intense it was, and that's how racing should be".

Power track: The nearest vehicle to Ferrari and Mercedes was Max Verstappen's Red Bull, a huge 1.496s off the pace, hinting at just how big the outright power advantage is of the top two manufacturers over the rest.

Rivals Red Bull will hope they can stay in touch with their Renault engine, but expect to be a greater threat to the front-runners in Singapore at the end of September.


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