Mercedes no nearer to understanding poor Monaco showing

It was a first win for Ferrari in Monaco since 2001 and on a weekend when his main title rival Lewis Hamilton struggled it was a dream result for Vettel.

"Unbelievable. It was a very tense race".

"I came in this morning feeling bad - I didn't get a lot of sleep last night - so to come away with the points I've come away with, I can happily take this and move forwards", said Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton believes he can not afford another poor weekend if he wants to beat Formula One title rival Sebastian Vettel to this year's world championship.

Then, after the safety vehicle came out again, Russian Daniil Kvyat also lost control of his auto in a frantic finish.

So will Mercedes now have to follow suit, by making it equally clear that Valtteri Bottas' is Hamilton's wing-man?

Ricciardo waited until lap 39 to pit and leapfrogged both Bottas and Verstappen. A shock early exit from qualifying left Hamilton just 13th on the grid in Monaco, but he managed to make up six positions to claim six points in what turned out to be a case of damage limitation.

"What a f***ing disaster", the Dutchman proclaimed. The slightly different stopping strategies for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen gave the German the edge.

"We have to work collectively as a team more than ever before to beat the Ferraris in the constructors' (championship)".

"This vehicle now is not working every single race we go to". "One more race like this and we will be much further behind".

A gearbox failure for Renault's Nico Hulkenberg before Sergio Perez pitted for a new front wing promoted him to 10th, but the triple world champion, complaining of poor grip, was already 35 seconds behind race leader Raikkonen by the end of lap 24.

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was miserable about coming second. A harsh score, perhaps, bearing in mind he finished seventh having worked his way up the pack after that terrible qualifying, but seventh place and its ensuing points is no good for the Brit when the championship leader is enjoying comfortable wins. "It is one of those days".

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his vehicle during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Jenson Button qualified ninth on his return to Formula 1 as a substitute for Fernando Alonso while the Spaniard races at the Indianapolis 500 this weekend.

"So we'll regroup, get the auto back to where we know it's comfortable for the next races, try to understand the ultra-soft tyre a bit better and come back stronger".

Kimi stood unimpressed as Vettel laughed on the podium and then unenthusiastically shook his bottle of oversized champagne alongside an elated Daniel Ricciardo (who placed third) and the victor.

  • Joanne Flowers