Vettel leads Ferrari party as Raikkonen chafes

Raikkonen was 0.043seconds quicker than team mate and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, whose championship rival Lewis Hamilton could manage only 13th.

"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.

After Raikkonen and Bottas had come in for a tire change a few laps earlier, Vettel changed halfway through the 78-lap race. In strategy, that (Vettel's victory) doesn't happen.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton was in positive mood after finishing in the points for the Monaco GP after starting in 13th place.

MONACO (AP) - Sebastian Vettel stood out last season for his furious rants more than his slick driving.

"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". "I really am happy", he said. Today it was a really exciting race where we saw the real Scuderia.

"I knew that the team would call me as soon as we were really tight to Valtteri".

"It's very clear Ferrari have chosen their number one driver and are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise his points", Hamilton said after the race in Monte Carlo, as quoted by BBC Sport.

Vettel was quick to deny those claims, but Ferrari are obviously never going to reveal publicly if they favoured the German over the Finn as teams have to treat both drivers as equal. I am going to the factory this week.

Having failed to make it through to the third and final round of qualifying on Saturday, the race was always going to be a case of damage limitation for the British driver. It's not like we came here unprepared, things just did not get off right.

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

When asked for his view on Ferrari's strategy, Wolff said: "It wasn't clear how the tyre would perform. Arguably you can say it worked for Daniel and for myself today, it worked well to stay out longer but I think if you were looking at it before the race then you couldn't predict". They allowed him to jump pole-sitter and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the pit-stops.

"As a matter of fact, I think we have been that since the beginning of the season". "But bit by bit we'll try and chip away at it".

"I did what I came to do today, didn't make any silly mistakes, didn't damage the vehicle, got those points and I'd like to think at the end of the season those points are going to be valuable".

"Ferrari seems to work everywhere, so these next 14 races will be very very hard", he said.

  • Julie Sanders