Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes must solve tyre problem quickly to challenge Vettel

Joanna Estrada
June 3, 2017

"I don't think they saw it coming".

Sebastian Vettel won the Monaco GP extending his lead over his contender Lewis Hamilton by 25 points. A wonderfully light-hearted exchange between two drivers already well engraved in F1 folklore.

But his team are not likely to follow Ferrari's example and use team orders to favour one driver in the world championship.

Hamilton defied the fresher tires of Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean to produce faster lap times and emerged ahead of the trio when he finally pitted on lap 47.

Hamilton won in China and Spain while Valtteri Bottas, who joined from Williams in January to replace 2016 champion Nico Rosberg, triumphed in Russian Federation for his first career victory.

Victory for Vettel marks the Ferrari driver's third win in the six races held so far.

Spectators get a bird's eye view at one of the world's most famous race tracks.

Vettel let out a whoop of delight after crossing the finish line with bright sunshine gleaming off the famed red of Ferrari.

"We can always say "If" as much as we want but it doesn't change things", Raikkonen said, shrugging his shoulders.

Allegedly, the Ferrari team ordered Kimi to let Vettel pass him, and they are backing that story up with Raikkonen's behavior after the race, which was a bit grumpy. "The Finn tends to display roughly the same emotional spectrum as a block of ice but his expression on the podium was a diagram of rage as some crafty Ferrari tactics propelled Sebastian Vettel to the team's first Monaco Grand Prix win for 16 years", Brown said.

For Ferrari, it seemed a perfectly executed plan to enable Vettel to win, and boost his drivers' championship bid, had unfolded.

"I guess there's some reason for everything that happens in life, but we'll have to see".

"As it turned out, obviously today it worked in my favour which, as I said, I will take it but we are a team at the end of the day and I can see that Kimi's not happy".

Hamilton, described by Wolff as a "team player" this season after years of intra-team scrapping with retired 2016 champion German Nico Rosberg, is now 25 points adrift of Vettel in the drivers' title race.

"Inconsistency has been following us through the season, and on the opposite side Ferrari put the vehicle on track in Barcelona and they were quick from the get-go", he said. They corrected things and it was worse so then we went back to this unknown scenario.

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

"The Ferrari seems to work everywhere and these next 14 races are going to be very, very hard", he added.

But he stopped short of saying his disappointment was a result only of the team's overall pit-stop strategy. I don't now feel that we have to favour one over the other.

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