I surprised myself! - Ferrari's Vettel revels in Monaco Grand Prix glory


Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has dismissed the suggestion Formula One rivals Ferrari favoured Sebastian Vettel by orchestrating his Monaco Grand Prix victory over teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff doesn't believe that Sebastian Vettel's win in Monaco was the result of rogue tactics at Ferrari meant to favour the German to the detriment of team mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has won his first Monaco Grand Prix for Ferrari, ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen with Australia's Daniel Ricciardo third in his Red Bull.

"I got the bad end of the story today", Raikkonen said.

"There are so many different things we need to look into, to try and understand why one vehicle can make the tyres work and the other cannot".

And so it proved.

There was plenty of sympathy for Raikkonen, who last won with Lotus in 2013. "We just have to make sure we are ahead of Ferrari, so we don't have to be in that same scenario that they were in on Sunday".

Vettel was suitably impressed with his victory.

Reports say the strategy was planned by Ferrari to get their leading driver into the lead but the team denied that was the case. "So, what they have done is very clear".

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Vettel, a four-time world champion and first Ferrari victor in Monaco since Schumacher, has now won three of the six races to Hamilton's two.

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"I haven't spoken to the team, and I don't really plan to", said Hamilton, who finished seventh while team-mate Finn Valtteri Bottas was fourth. We've just finished the race and who knows? It worked well to stay out longer today, but if you were looking at it before the race, you can not predict.

It was expected that the tight, twisty, and low speed nature of the Circuit de Monaco would suit the Red Bull auto (as it has in previous years), and that this might allow them to mix it with the Ferraris and Mercedes a bit more than they've been able to so far this year.

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

"I was devastated after qualifying but to come away with some points is better than nothing". That lap may have got me into the top 10 but I think I'd have struggled to be in the top five.

Jenson Button, returning to McLaren as a one-off to fill in for Fernando Alonso, who's competing at the Indianapolis 500 this weekend, qualified an impressive ninth for McLaren on his return to an F1 cockpit. Button failed to finish following damage sustained in the extraordinary incident and was later hit with a three-place grid penalty from the stewards.

"We were well beaten and so I think we are the underdog and we need to catch up", said Wolff as the tifosi celebrated with enthusiasm all around the Mediterranen principality. We never had two drivers or two cars within that window. The top six would keep their places while Hamilton was slowly making his way to the front.

"The vehicle was really nice to drive".