Monza to be ‘happy weekend’ for Ferrari – Hamilton

Ferrari will be strong again at Monza this weekend, according to Mercedes’ two drivers and boss Toto Wolff.

“Monza is going to be a happy weekend for Ferrari,” said championship leader Lewis Hamilton after the Belgian GP.

“I think just in qualifying we’re losing over a second a lap, and Monza is all straights. So there’s not much me and Valtteri can do in that respect and there’s not a lot of corners there to catch that up.

“In the next few days we’ve got to make some drastic improvements to our straight speed. I don’t know if that’s possible, but we’ll do our best.”

“That is beyond good and evil,” he said. “Ferrari’s power is no longer normal.” Not just that, Ferrari is tipped to introduce its latest engine upgrade this weekend.

“Last year Ferrari was quick at Monza as well but we managed to make their life pretty difficult. That’s where we got booed on the podium.

“We’ll try to do the same again,” he smiled.

“They did what they had to do to win,” said Wolff.

Vettel confirmed: “It was clear that I was missing some speed so today I was more in the helper role.”

“Charles was very fast all weekend but we had to protect ourselves against Ferrari. Sebastian proved to be a true team player today,” he added.

“On Monday the broken engine will arrive at Maranello,” said Binotto. “It would be good to know what went wrong before Monza.”