- How did you come to the decision to keep Hamilton out longer than Kimi?
JV: "Around lap 20 was the first opportunity we had with Lewis to undercut Kimi. Ferrari took that and covered the undercut, it was the correct decision. Had they not come in, we would have gone for the undercut at that point in time and stopped.
"As soon as that happened, you would've heard the message go out to Lewis of 'Hammertime', push as hard as you can, let's see if we can get an overcut which was the second of the options available to us. It was close, but it wasn't quite on the cards, we weren't able to do it, Kimi was incredibly quick on those fresh Soft tyres and was pushing very, very hard for a number of laps.
"We then opted for the third option which is available to us which is to go extremely long. In Monza, it is typically a one-stop race, typically the degradation is on the lower side and the tyres very much are a little bit flexible as to how many laps you can do on them. We pushed very, very long with the intention of creating a big performance delta between Lewis and Kimi.
"And normally, you would lose race time, Kimi would be very quick, he was on fresher tyres. He would pull back in towards you again, so you'd lose some of the gap which you'd have to make up end of race. On this occasion, though, Valtteri was also going very long against Verstappen and what it meant is Kimi was ultimately caught up in traffic, Lewis was able to stop much later on, have fresher tyres and get caught up behind Kimi.
"And Kimi had done the damage by that point in time, blisters had started to form, he'd pushed incredibly hard and from then onwards it was a battle for Lewis and Kimi as to who could win the race, ultimately with Lewis overtaking fantastically into Turn 1 and taking the win."