But the hometown team gave the fans something to cheer about as Raikkonen picked up his first pole in over a year, and was swiftly followed by Sebastian Vettel.
Raikkonen set the fastest lap in Formula One history as he blitzed his way round the 3.6-mile Monza circuit at a staggering average speed of 163.793 miles per hour.
"I don't think in any case I would completely lose the freedom to win a race if I am able to do so".
This season has been as hard-fought as any, with the two contenders each on five wins from 13 races and the advantage ebbing and flowing even if Spa suggested Ferrari might now have the upper hand. Sooner or later, when we reach them [Mercedes], we are the aggressive ones who have taken them [the punches] and we know how bad it is. "We have always tried to stay neutral and have an equal approach to the drivers". My laps felt pretty good, but Ferrari was a little bit quicker today.More news: Indian Rupee Crosses 71 Mark Against US Dollar For First Time
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Drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were very quick during the wet qualifying and continued the good work into the race with the two cars finishing fifth (Perez) and sixth (Ocon).
Vettel has done so previously with Toro Rosso (2008) and Red Bull (2011 and 2013). It is a great start, especially given all the troubles we have had in the past few months.
"It's taken a while, but we're finally getting the results".
In third position came Max Verstappen, a lonely 31 seconds behind Hamilton but 68 seconds ahead of Valtteri Bottas in fourth.
"We're used to this, Mercedes aren't".
"Clearly I wasn't happy but I don't tell you why", he continued, denying that he planned to ask the team to impose team orders for the start of tomorrow's race.
The result is a 10 grid position drop for the next race and three penalty points on his licence.