Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel apologised to the Maranello team’s fans after the bruising defeat to Mercedes in the Italian Grand Prix – a result the country’s media have described as an ‘own goal’. Ferrari’s hopes of a first Monza win in eight years were dashed by Lewis Hamilton, who overtook both Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to claim a famous win at the home of Mercedes’ greatest rivals.
How did the Italian press react?
Most observers had certainly expected a difficult result after Scuderia Ferrari locked out the front row at Monza, yet the team’s race began to fall apart inside four corners when Vettel clashed with Hamilton. Italy’s daily sports newspapers reacted with widespread dismay at the performance of the country’s effective national team. La Gazzetta dello Sport ran the headline ‘Own goal Ferrari’ on the newspaper’s front page, with the Maranello outfit also described as ‘sinking reds’.
Meanwhile, the Corriere dello Sport said Ferrari’s result was ‘not enough’ on a day Lewis Hamilton ‘takes everything’. While the Englishman may have been booed by the partisan Tifosi fans on the podium, the sports daily called Hamilton ‘Schumilton’ after he matched Michael Schumacher’s record of five Monza wins. Michael Schumacher, of course, remains far and away Ferrari’s most successful driver.