Lewis Hamilton should not have won the Italian Grand Prix, but he did.
Conducting the podium interviews, former Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, the veteran of many scraps with Hamilton, summed it up: “Lewis, I would say one of the best races for you. I raced a lot with you but the race you did today was just fantastic.”
While Hamilton celebrated, serenaded by the boos from the fanatical tifosi which he said had acted as motivation all weekend, Ferrari were left wondering how on earth a race they should have dominated got away from them – not for the first time this year.
Ferrari and their drivers are squandering the advantage of the best car on the grid, and Hamilton heads off to the seven deciding long-haul races of the season with a 30-point lead, more than a clear victory.
Getting that back will not be easy for Vettel, even with what is arguably still the fastest car.