Sebastian Vettel says Lewis Hamilton should have offered him more room in the first-lap collision which sent him to the back of the field. Hamilton qualified on the second row at Monza as he aimed to overtake the Ferrari pair of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to try and go further clear at the top of the Drivers’ Championship.
Going into the third corner chicane Hamilton got round the outside of Vettel and overtook him, with Vettel understeering into Hamilton’s car.
The two made inevitable contact and Vettel spun off the track to relegate him to the back of the grid, with his car needing a change of front wing.
The stewards deemed the incident unworthy of punishment, but the German, who is now 30 points behind the Briton, is adamant that Hamilton is to blame.
He said: “I tried to pass Kimi but obviously he then opened the brakes and I didn’t have a gap and I didn’t want to try something silly so I got out of it.
“Lewis saw a little bit around the outside but he didn’t leave me any space.
“I had no other chance but to run into him and make contact.
“I tried to get out from there but I couldn’t.
“Unfortunately I was the one that spun around which is a bit ironic.”