June 24, 2017

F1: Vettel ends Ferrari's long wait for Monaco victory

05 June 2017, 08:03 | Simon Arnold

'The vehicle was in a really different place to where it's been before, ' explained Hamilton. Obviously, it's still second place but it doesn't feel awfully good.

Hamilton remarked that "Vettel is Ferrari's number one" who could manage to finish 7th after a hard race which saw him start at 13th from the grid.

"It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their number one driver", Hamilton told reporters. "We've just got to make sure we're ahead of them so we don't need to be in the same scenario". The leading vehicle, is very hard for him to get jumped unless the team decide to favor the other auto, so it's great for him.

FERRARI has a "potential cold war" brewing within its team after Sebastian Vettel beat Kimi Raikkonen in a controversial victory at the Monaco GP, according to Formula 1 newspaper experts.

"They are finally where we were back in the day where you finish one and two and you have to explain why the right guy won!" joked Wolff.

Raikkonen led for the first 35 laps of the race with Vettel following close behind, the lead vehicle generally gets preference on stops and the former was called in first for his first and only stop of the race. So the team result, the one-two, is good and congratulations from our side.

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It seemed to be a case of the Ferrari team giving preferential treatment to Vettel with Raikkonen's stop looking like it came far too early. We went back to this unknown scenario we are in, which happens to be, it's okay on one vehicle and not okay on mine.

That was certainly the view of most observers including Mercedes' title challenger three-time champion Briton Lewis Hamilton who, like Wolff, does not welcome the prospect of adopting a similar favouritism strategy at Mercedes.

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.

Wolff says it has proven tough to get the optimal performance out of both cars at the same race, highlighting Lewis Hamilton's struggles in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix as the flawless example of their issues.

Though the German insists there were no team orders at play in Monaco, quite contrary to what Raikkonen's post-race demeanour was telling us, Lewis Hamilton believes the Italian team has already made its decision. I am going to the factory this week. We are under no illusion that we are not ideal and have still got areas to improve on.

Brazilian Felipe Massa was ninth for Williams and Denmark's Kevin Magnussen took the final point for Haas. "Bit by bit we will try to chip away".

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