Monza, Italy - Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton said he would have been far tougher with Ferrari's Italian Grand Prix winner Charles Leclerc on Sunday had the Mercedes driver not been fighting for his sixth world championship.
"I wouldn't have moved. We would have collided," the Briton said of an incident where he was squeezed off track and forced to cut a corner by the 21-year-old Monegasque in an aggressive defensive move.
Hamilton ended the day 63 points clear of his closest rival and Finnish team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who finished second, with seven of 21 races remaining.
Leclerc won Ferrari's home race from pole position, with Hamilton putting him under plenty of pressure until his Mercedes's tyres had no life left in them.
Hamilton ended up third, but with a precious extra point for fastest lap.