Raikkonen takes pole for Monaco GP; Hamilton finishes 14th
- Author: Regina Holmes Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 16:59
"It is clear to me that Ferrari has chosen a number 1 driver". "We know that the Ferraris are not bulletproof, they have things potentially coming up with all the turbos they've used or potentially used, so we will see". "This is the new reality at the moment".
But it was shrouded in controversy.
But their triumph did not come without drama as Vettel - who now leads Lewis Hamilton by 25 points in the drivers' championship - leapfrogged pole-sitter Raikkonen in the pit-stop phase to lead the pack.
"No, I haven't spoken to the team [about that] and I don't really plan to". The auto was great.
"I think we need to give them credit... they needed to pit one of the two drivers and put him on the super-soft (tyre)".
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"I think it's most important that we had a very, very good day, a win", said Vettel. In terms of looking for, I don't know if we will need more hard weekends or not. Kimi had a really good start but I had to be patient. "We've just got to make sure we're ahead of them so we don't need to be in the same scenario".
"They are finally where we were back in the days when you finish one and two and you have to explain why the right guy won", Wolff said. "But the underdog is the one that people want to see winning".
"It was what we calculated as the optimum result without any incidents and this is where he came in", said team boss Toto Wolff, who conceded that their vehicle simply wasn't fast enough this weekend.
Hamilton know he can not afford another low scoring weekend given Vettel's pace and consistency. "Today we proved it". We are under no illusion that we are not ideal and have still got areas to improve on. It is very hard for the leading vehicle on track to get jumped by the second auto unless the team decide to favour the other auto.
It is the second race weekend this season that Hamilton has failed to finish on the podium - while Vettel has finished no lower than second in 2017 - following the Briton's uncharacteristically below-par display in Russian Federation.
That is something which we need to understand why that is because Ferrari is able to put the vehicle on the floor and it goes from straight from the beginning until the end.