Mercedes: Seventh the 'optimal result' for Hamilton

But their triumph did not come without drama as Vettel - who now leads Lewis Hamilton by 25 points in the drivers' championship - leapfrogged pole-sitter Raikkonen in the pit-stop phase to lead the pack.

Ferrari chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne has sent his warm congratulations to Sebastian Vettel following his victory in Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, believing that the result will go down in the Scuderia's history.

They chose to run him long and hope to gain from his speed once he got some clear air, as cars pulled in to make their pit stops. Although the Red Bulls also had Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes in the mix, meaning it was not a straight fight between teammates, Vettel used the example as proof that Ferrari's strategy was not unusual. Those couple of laps were really crucial, I was pushing flat out.

"I haven't spoken to the team and I don't really plan to", Hamilton said.

Vettel, who claimed Ferrari's first victory on the Cote d'Azur in 16 years, now holds the cushion of being the equivalent of a race win clear of Hamilton in this year's see-saw title battle.

"We've definitely got to improve the understanding of the auto we have and see if we can do a better job", he added. "I think its really important now that we collectively work as a team but there might be some things along the way that position-wise, at some stage, might become valuable".

"The more races we do, the more we learn and the stronger we get. Maybe things went on that we don't know about".

Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz
GETTYLewis Hamilton closed up to Carlos Sainz but could not overtake him

The team have always been adamant that there would be no favouritism between Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who joined Mercedes in January.

"As matter of fact, I think we have been since the beginning of the season".

"Canada is a completely different track but to be honest, for now I am just going to enjoy the win here", Vettel said after the race.

"The stony demeanour said it all for Kimi Raikkonen by the close of the Monaco Grand Prix and, while the Iceman is renowned for giving nothing away in public, that he was not happy at how his race had panned out was clear", Giles Richards wrote in The Guardian.

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

"Valtteri's doing a great job, I don't now feel that we have to favour one over the other. Twenty five points is a long way away and it is hard just to get to six points and be within firing range, but bit by bit we will try and chip away at it".

"I was able to use that window to come ahead and after that I could control the race".

  • Julie Sanders