Ferrari ends long wait for victory at Monaco GP

Jun 05, 2017, 08:00

'The vehicle was in a really different place to where it's been before, ' explained Hamilton.

"It's still second place but it doesn't feel awfully good", said Raikkonen.

Raikkonen was 0.043seconds quicker than team mate and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, whose championship rival Lewis Hamilton could manage only 13th. It is very hard for the leading auto on track to get jumped by the second vehicle unless the team decide to favour the other auto.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen will start from the pole position for the first time since 2008 after the Ferrari driver dominated qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, scheduled for Sunday. "It's one of those days where you wish you'd led a bit more", he said after the ceremony.

Given that history, it was perhaps unsurprising that there was a hint of team tactics once again rearing its head in Ferrari taking the top two spots on the podium in Monte Carlo as world championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in action. We went back to this unknown scenario we are in, which happens to be, it's okay on one auto and not okay on mine.

Hamilton's season has been blighted by an on-going struggle to get this year's new Pirelli tyres in the optimum operating window, and thus extracting the maximum performance from his Mercedes vehicle. "Ferraris are not bullet-proof they have things coming up potentially with all the turbos they have used, so we will see". "But I don't think it was orchestrated".

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With Vettel's victory, Hamilton now sits 25 points behind in the F1 drivers' championship with 14 races remaining this season.

Lewis Hamilton has said he is determined to solve the problems that have stymied his bid for a fourth Formula One world championship after a hard weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. McLaren sub Jenson Button went down the inside and upended Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein - turning him upside down into the barriers and hilariously picking up a three-place grid penalty for his next race.

"The lead driver normally gets priority, and if I had the choice to go first (into the pits), that is normally what you want to do".

"We are racing, we get on well". "There's so many things we have got to look into to try to understand why one auto could make it work and the other couldn't". 25 points is a long way away - it was hard to get just six points [after Spain] in firing range.

Allegedly, the Ferrari team ordered Kimi to let Vettel pass him, and they are backing that story up with Raikkonen's behavior after the race, which was a bit grumpy.

"I came in this morning feeling terrible and didn't sleep well last night", Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

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