Monaco win ends Ferrari's dry spell

Jun 10, 2017, 16:57
Monaco win ends Ferrari's dry spell

Hamilton says Mercedes is not yet at a point where it would help one driver over the other when they are running one-two.

Taking full advantage of generous support from teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who led from pole position to the start of the pit-stops, the four-time champion came home 3.1 seconds clear of the Finn in glorious Mediterranean sunshine.

"It doesn't feel bad good", Raikkonen said.

"In strategy, that [Vettel's victory] doesn't happen".

Raikkonen kept his lead at the start and the two raced ahead of the pack with Raikkonen pitting first on lap 34, which didn't seem entirely logical, and he came out behind slower cars.

"[But] if you don't believe what you've been told, or how we work, it will get very complicated". "It's still second place but it doesn't count a lot in my books at least".

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He added: "The Ferrari seems to work everywhere so these next 14 races are going to be very hard".

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won a rather one-sided Monaco Grand Prix to extend his championship lead over Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton to 25 points.

"We do not give team orders", team boss Maurizio Arrivabene is quoted by Iltalehti.

"I really am happy", he said.

"I don't want to answer that question", said Finn Bottas.

Raikkonen's dry humor can be piercing when the mood takes him.

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In 2015, Ferrari was 275 points behind Mercedes and 2014 was so dismal for the Italian manufacturer that it finished fourth and almost 500 behind Mercedes.

"It was what we calculated as the optimum result without any incidents and this is where he came in", said team boss Toto Wolff, who conceded that their vehicle simply wasn't fast enough this weekend. There's no point dwelling on the fact you can not afford it, you just work towards trying to rectify whatever issues you have and hope you do not come across it again. "For myself it could have been better".

Mercedes' weekend was blighted by problems making the ultra-soft tyre work at its best consistently, a problem that also afflicted Hamilton two races ago in Russian Federation. "There's some reason for everything that happens in life".

With so long to go, the last thing Ferrari needs is Raikkonen feeling let down.

"We have definitely got to improve our understanding of the auto and see if we can do a better job", said Hamilton, who is due at Mercedes' Northamptonshire factory on Thursday. Obviously it didn't work out very well for me. "But there were no team orders".

Following Ferrari's one-two triumph in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix where Sebastian Vettel's notched up victory ahead of grim-faced team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, the scarlet scuderia are on top in both the drivers and constructors championships.

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"It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their No. 1 driver so they will be pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximize all of his weekends", Hamilton said. It is very hard for the leading vehicle on track to get jumped by the second auto unless the team decide to favour the other auto. "Tomorrow's race will clearly be a case of damage limitation for him".

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