Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton says it was "surprising" to see Mercedes run Ferrari close during Friday practice at the Italian Grand Prix.
Ferrari has enjoyed a straightline performance advantage over Mercedes all throughout 2019, and made the most of this last weekend to dominate qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps - albeit Hamilton then put Charles Leclerc under pressure on race day.
And while Monza was expected to place an even bigger emphasis on top speed, Hamilton was just 0.068s slower than Leclerc at the end of Friday's rain-disrupted track action.
"[It's] not a massive amount different to how it was in the last race," Hamilton said. "Obviously, they [Ferrari] are quite quick in a straight line, we're quite strong, I think, on race pace, but actually perhaps a little bit closer potentially on single-lap pace. So looks like we may have a fight."
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