Ferrari Grabs One-Two Victory In Monaco

Ferrari Grabs One-Two Victory In Monaco

Ferrari Grabs One-Two Victory In Monaco

Lewis Hamilton produced a faultless drive to salvage a seventh-placed finish at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday after starting 13th on the grid.

But Hamilton said he would not be asking Mercedes to favour him in the same way over team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Lewis Hamilton was emphatic in the aftermath of the Monaco Grand Prix.

It was also the 29-year-old German's second Monaco triumph, his third win this year and the 45th of his career, lifting him 25 points clear of Mercedes' Hamilton in the title race.

By lap 50, it was 10.2 seconds and the paddock was abuzz with claims about Vettel's undisputed status as Ferrari's number one driver.

"We are racing, we get along well, I can understand that Kimi's upset", said the German. Starting from 13th on the grid and with overtaking hard at Monaco, his task was damage limitation and he was happy with the result. A harsh score, perhaps, bearing in mind he finished seventh having worked his way up the pack after that awful qualifying, but seventh place and its ensuing points is no good for the Brit when the championship leader is enjoying comfortable wins.

"First of all, they deserved the win, they had the quickest auto out there so as a team result, the one and two is good and congratulations from our side".

"For me [the strategy] meant staying ahead of Valtteri [Bottas] and close to Kimi - I was surprised when I came out ahead".

Only Ferrari's senior management and the drivers will know if the team did look for a way to move Vettel ahead of Raikkonen at a track where overtaking is nigh on impossible, with only one clean pass all day yesterday backing that up.

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Indeed much of the paddock had been in agreement before the race that the Italian team would ensure Vettel, rather than Raikkonen, who is a distant fourth in the championship, would receive the winner's trophy from Prince Albert of Monaco.

"And on the opposite side, Ferrari put the auto on the track in Barcelona and were quick from the get go, so yes, we are the underdog, yes we need to catch up".

Button received a 15-place grid penalty after McLaren were forced to make unscheduled power unit changes to the British driver's vehicle.

The race was back on on lap 68, which again allowed Vettel to pull away but put Ricciardo under pressure from Bottas and Verstappen and the Australian's race very almost ended then and there when he got too deep into turn one and hit the wall hard.

"We still came away from here with some points".

Australian Daniel Ricciardo took his second successive podium with third place for Red Bull.

With new regulations created to make cars wider, heavier and faster this year, Ferrari seems to have worked wonders in the factory while Mercedes appears to be going backward.

'It is just about bringing the tyres into the right window.

"It is how it goes sometimes: we now go to the next race to do better".

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