Raikkonen seethes as Vettel wins Monaco GP


That day was hardly a joyous one for the Italian team after they were vilified by worldwide media and Formula One fans across the globe for using team orders to get Fernando Alonso ahead of Felipe Massa with the infamous phrase used to the beleaguered Brazilian being "Fernando is faster than you". So the team result, the one-two, is good and congratulations from our side.

While Raikkonen led for the first 34 laps, the writing was on the wall at the pitstops with a consensus emerging already before the start that Ferrari would favor the championship leader.

He came back out into traffic in the shape of Pascal Wehrlein's Sauber that needed to be lapped.

Raikkonen lost crucial time to Vettel, who was able to continue to lap at a faster speed than his teammate before pitting five laps later and resuming the race in the lead.

But Hamilton was left in no doubt as to the reason Vettel won this race, coming from behind at a circuit where overtaking is near-impossible.

Raikkonen was stoney-faced and more taciturn than usual when retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg interviewed him by the podium.

"From the team point of view, there was no plan of any team orders or anything but I can understand that obviously Kimi's not happy", Vettel said. That is about it.

"Obviously I can stop the vehicle if I want!"

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Polesitter Raikkonen led Sunday's race until the pit stop phase when the Finn pitted in response to the early-stopping Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, while Ferrari opted to leave Vettel out.

The obvious conclusion - although Ferrari denies it - was that the team deliberately engineered the situation so that Vettel scored maximum points ahead of the Finn. "One more race like that and we will be much further behind - it is hard to get to within six points and in firing range, but bit by bit we will chip away at it". "I was surprised myself".

Ferrari are giving Sebastian Vettel the Michael Schumacher treatment, according to the German's main title rival Lewis Hamilton, are giving Sebastian Vettel the Michael Schumacher treatment, according to the German's main title rival Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel's performance should not be underplayed though.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says he is enjoying his team's underdog status this season but is determined to overtake Ferrari eventually.

Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who started from pole position for the first time in nine years, appeared on course to win by holding off Vettel in the opening phase of a processional race.

The four-time world champion gained 19 points on the Briton, who was only seventh, and is now 25 points clear at the top.

Seven points does not seem much, but it could be decisive when the championship concludes at the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 26. At the end of the day it's the right result for the team and the drivers' championship.