Belfast Telegraph

Hamilton vows to give Vettel blues

By Ian Parkes

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to wipe the smile off rival Sebastian Vettel's face as he steps behind enemy lines for the Italian Grand Prix.

Hamilton would take the lead in this season's Formula One championship for the first time with victory at the home of the Tifosi after moving to within seven points of Vettel.

The Englishman has been in an unforgiving mood since the sport's summer break, following his brilliant victory at Spa-Francorchamps with the fastest time in opening practice on Friday.

And although he was pipped to the top of the time sheets by Valtteri Bottas in the day's second running here at Monza, Hamilton will start as favourite to seal his fourth consecutive pole position.

"This weekend the ultimate goal is obviously to win the race, and to put a dent in that lead that he's had all season," Hamilton said.

"He's had that smile on his face all year long, being that he's had that title lead.

"So I'm looking forward to turning that upside down."

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