Sebastian Vettel has made a thinly-veiled attack on Mercedes’ team orders, suggesting he does not want Ferrari to follow suit. Mercedes ordered Valtteri Bottas to hold up Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at the Italian Grand Prix in order for team-mate Lewis Hamilton to catch up, and the tactics worked as the British flyer overtook and then claimed the chequered flag.
It left Hamilton 30 points clear of Germany’s Vettel, while Mercedes are now 25 points ahead of their Italian rivals.
It looks set to be a thrilling run-in to the end of the season but Vettel wants to keep racing – and not rely on his colleague.
“I’m doing my job and I’m prepared to race everybody,” he said. “I was trying to use my chances in the first corner, a little bit in the second chicane, but it didn’t work. Then it was a bit unfortunate with how things turned out.
“Everybody’s free to have whatever approach they want. For us, it’s pretty clear and straightforward. For me it’s pretty clear: I’m happy to fight three cars, I’m happy to actually fight 19 cars.
“I think I’ve never been in a different position to that. That’s fine. I don’t expect anything else.”