Lewis Hamilton blamed Ferrari for the chaotic end to qualifying at Monza in which almost every driver failed to start their final flying laps on time.
The Mercedes driver accused Ferrari of slowing the field on purpose during the final out-lap in Q1 as they already had Charles Leclerc on provisional pole position.
“They basically timed us out,” said Hamilton. “It’s interesting: Get pole position in the first run and then just time everyone out.”
Hamilton said the situation arose because all nine remaining drivers at the end of Q3 left the pits together trying to get a slipstream from a car ahead.
“On the out-lap it’s dangerous for us all,” he said. “There’s people slowing down and you don’t know who is alongside you. It’s definitely risky business out there, but kind of enjoyable at the same time.
“But of course for us we’re down on the Ferraris in a straight line so we particularly need it. I think others also do. I think it’s with this new wing the drag is much bigger this year so everyone’s focusing on it.”
He said he was pleased to have secured second place on the grid after being unable to set a time on his last run. “I have to be grateful that we’re on the front row,” he said.
“We get to have a fight with the Ferraris tomorrow which is nice, we’ve split them. So as a team it’s a really good position for us to be in.
“It definitely is a bit of an anti-climax that we couldn’t all go out and do that last final lap, that’s one of the most exciting ones. But it’s crazy now with the timing we have, the system we have, where everyone backs up and tried to get a position.”
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