Ferrari clearly favouring Vettel, says Hamilton

I think it means an terrible lot to the team.

The Briton was speaking following the Monaco Grand Prix in which Sebastian Vettel, who was second for the first-half of the race behind teammate Kimi Raikkonen, went on to win the race after he jumped the Finn during the first and only round of pit stops. To score six points, considering where I was on the grid after a disastrous day on Saturday is a good recovery. "This is the reality of it at the moment".

Vettel led pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen home in a Ferrari one-two, but his victory was somewhat overshadowed by accusations that the Italian team manipulated the result.

But it was shrouded in controversy.

"You'd rather have 2 points or 4 points rather than none because this might make all the difference at the end of the season when it gets tight in the championship", Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said.

In Monaco, triple world champion Hamilton qualified 13th and ended up seventh, with his Finnish team mate fourth.

A #Manchester sign is seen on the auto of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas after the qualifying session.

"But I think that doesn't deter the fact that we have a great auto".

"I think it's really important now that we collectively work as a team more than ever before, as we have been". There might be some things along the way positioning wise which, at some stage, become valuable, but - who knows? - it might go the other way and I might need to give Valtteri the upper hand. He said: "We couldn't plan much, but the plan was to pull away and as soon as the gap opened I took it".

Sebastian Vettel won the Monaco GP extending his lead over his contender Lewis Hamilton by 25 points.

He had been called in first for his pitstop and released into traffic, losing precious time while Vettel stayed out for five laps more and banged in a series of quick laps before pitting and then coming out ahead.

"I don't want to answer that question", said Finn Bottas. As a matter of fact, I think we have been that since the beginning of the season. It is just about bringing the tyres into the right window and we have a fast auto but she doesn't like the tyres. "One more race like this and we will be much further behind". "It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their number one driver, so they're pushing everything to make sure Sebastian is maximized on all of his weekends".

"It's very hard for the leading vehicle to get jumped by the second auto unless the team decide to favour the other auto, so that is very clear".

"The Ferrari seems to work everywhere and these next 14 races are going to be very, very hard", he added. "We are all under no illusion that we are not ideal and that we still have got areas to improve on".

  • Zachary Reyes