"I prefer to win when I have to fight honestly for it. Valtteri has had a very good season, and when he has beaten me, he was faster than me", Hamilton said.
Toto Wolff admits to have been surprised by Ferrari's lack of pace in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, saying the Scuderia appears to have lost ground on Mercedes.
After this victory, Hamilton tops the World Championship standings with 238 points, three points ahead of Vettel, while Bottas is third with 197 points. I would say everything that is positive around the Monza weekend is fantastic.
"Overall I think the whole weekend, it was not an easy weekend, some laps were better than others but most of the time I was just lacking the grip and didn't have the pace to do anything".
In a surprising turn up for struggling McLaren, whose Honda engine has been short of both performance and reliability, Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne was ninth quickest.
"But if you were in that negotiation process with a team then that's the first thing you'd talk about: equal equipment, no playing second fiddle".
"We are going to another track where the Ferraris are generally quick with the extra downforce they are able to add on", he added. When the rain started to Saturday, this was more evident as the Ferrari's looked a mile below.
Carlos Sainz finished FP2 just outside the top-ten, despite stopping with 30 minutes remaining when he had to pull over at the second chicane with smoke pouring from the back of his Toro Rosso.
Raikkonen spent the early part of the race struggling to pass Lance Stroll and Esteban Ocon, ultimately getting the jump on the youngsters following the pit stop cycle.
Mexican Sergio Perez, German Nico Hulkenberg, McLaren's Alonso and the Toro Rosso pairing of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz failed to make the cut.
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