Looks like Ferrari favouring Sebastian Vettel ahead of Kimi Raikkonen this season

Ruben Hill
June 4, 2017

Taking full advantage of generous, if grim-faced, support from his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who led from pole position until the pit-stops, the four-time champion came home 3.1 seconds clear of the Finn in glorious Mediterranean sunshine.

Hamilton, the former three-time world champion, reckons catching up to Vettel would be even harder if Ferrari is favouring the German.

There is a delicious irony in the fact that after weeks of calling on Mercedes to throw all its efforts behind Lewis Hamilton's bid for the title, the (mainly British) media is now aghast at the possibility of Ferrari adopting the self-same policy for Sebastian Vettel.

"Well, it's definitely not going to be easy", Hamilton said.

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.

"Nothing to say really", Raikkonen reflected. Remarkably, he has not finished lower than second place so far in 2017. "This is how it is sometimes".

Lewis Hamilton will sit down with his Mercedes team in the coming days as he attempts to get on top of the auto problems which are threatening to derail his challenge for a fourth title.

"We've just been missing pace", Bottas said. "I wasn't sure if I damaged anything".

Button failed to live up to a pre-race request from Fernando Alonso, who asked him from Indianapolis to "take care of my vehicle", however all Button promised to do was "pee in (Alonso's) seat".

Wehrlein's auto was resting precariously on its side on the entrance to the tunnel and the German was trapped in his seat.

Vettel was quick to ask if his compatriot was ok before the action resumed.

"It feels unbelievable. It was a very tense race". "I really am happy", he said. We still believe we can win this thing. Vettel would have received seven fewer points if he had finished Sunday's race at No. 2.

"I was called in". So the team result, the one-two, is good and congratulations from our side.

The conditions were ideal for sunbathing, but not for race incidents.

It was a much different story a year ago, when Vettel was swearing and cursing on team radio, aiming expletives and broadsides at other drivers and even F1 officials.

As with Schumacher in his pomp, there was a distinct whiff of "team orders", with Raikkonen pitting first and Vettel staying out for a further five laps in a move that worked in his favour.

"They are finally where we were back in the days where you finish one and two and have to explain why the right guy won", he added. This will now be the focus of his attention when returning to the UK. 25 points is a long way away - it was hard to get just six points [after Spain] in firing range.

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