Formula One: Vettel aims for a triumphant Ferrari homecoming

Formula One: Vettel aims for a triumphant Ferrari homecoming

"It's good to be up there with them and be a match but I don't think we can take anything for granted".

Quizzed about Raikkonen's slipstream, the German replied: "We have an order which changes every weekend, and this weekend it was Kimi's turn to go second (and get the tow)".

Sebastian Vettel finished the opening segment fastest with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen second.

"It's a special place for sure to get the pole position at our home grand prix in front of our fans.it's good today, hopefully tomorrow it's very good, " Raikkonen added.

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.

Speaking at a subsequent news conference, Vettel offered a cagey response to questions about the nature of his post-qualifying discussions with Ferrari.

Just days after his convincing victory in Belgium, where Hamilton admitted his Mercedes was "blown away" by the power and straight-line speed of Vettel's Ferrari, Vettel should enjoy the scarlet scuderia's homecoming.

Raikkonen's record lap was clocked in 1min 19.119sec at an average speed of 263.587 kilometres per hour (163.785 miles per hour), convincingly beating the outright record of 1:19.525 set by Juan-Pablo Montoya on the same track in 2004.

Teams: 1 Mercedes 375; 2 Ferrari 360; 3 Red Bull 238. "There's a super tight midfield battle going on and we love it".

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It has been ten years since Ferrari last won the constructors' title.

"The auto was fine so at least I got out of the sandpit which was hard as a child but nowadays I don't want to spend much time there.

The Australian has delivered some impressive drives at Monza, pulling off a stunning overtaking move on then-teammate Vettel in 2014 and climbing through the field from 16th to finish fourth last season.

"Lining up P16 for the Monza GP". Insane small margins today, .05 from getting through to Q2 and 1 tenth behind Pierre.

"I think that since the very start of this season, since the launch of the auto, we mentioned and we said that we focused our development in terms of efficiency and to make sure that our vehicle could compete on medium-fast circuit types and I think that somehow we have achieved it". If the title race is still alive at this point, the Heppenheim native needs to stamp his authority heading into the final race in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton has won at Monza four times in the past six years and can equal Michael Schumacher's record of five. Raikkonen went second while Vettel was third after running wide.

A problem with the vehicle's Drag Reduction System (DRS) occurred when Ericsson tried breaking around the first curve on the track, according to BBC, and that's what prompted the "huge accident" in which Ericsson and his auto "somersaulted several times".

"Now maybe with a win [at Spa] just a week before the race, maybe it does get better".

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who is using an upgraded Renault engine, was fifth and sixth but is set to take penalties that will send him towards the back of the field on Sunday.

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