Ferrari has chosen its number one driver - Hamilton


It was a Ferrari front row lockout for the second time this Formula One season as Kimi Raikkonen led the Monaco Grand Prix followed by teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Sebastian Vettel, following on from fellow-German great Michael Schumacher in 2001, beamed and conducted his jubilant mechanics from the podium as they belted out the Italian national anthem. Obviously it didn't work out very well for me.

"I really am happy", he said.

While Raikkonen was very disappointed with the result, Vettel denied that the strategy was part of any plan from Ferrari to switch the order of its cars to benefit his title hopes, but Hamilton suggested otherwise.

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. As a result, he lost out big time when it came to strategy.

Verstappen finished fifth, behind Valtteri Bottas for Mercedes, with Carlos Sainz sixth for Toro Rosso.

Hamilton's frustrations behind Kyvat were clear before he complained on team radio.

"What a f***ing disaster", the Dutchman proclaimed.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his auto during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Sunday, May 28, 2017. A stark contrast to the way the Australian was feeling on Saturday when his team sent him out for qualifying in traffic.

"Trust me, I will be pushing and the guys will be pushing to understand it because we don't want this again". We are under no illusion that we are not ideal and have still go areas to improve on.

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After Raikkonen dived into the pits, Vettel stayed out five laps longer and took full advantage of the clear air. "Tomorrow's race will clearly be a case of damage limitation for him".

The best seats in the house: The rich and famous watch Kimi Raikkonen from the water in Monte Carlo. But he dismissed any talk that he might receive team orders in order to make way for Vettel, who has 44 career wins. "It is one of those days".

Vettel gained an advantage of 10 seconds before the safety auto was called when McLaren's Jenson Button, filling in for Fernando Alonso (who makes his Indy vehicle 500 debut), crashed into Pascal Wehrlein.

Jenson Button's one-off return to replace Fernando Alonso - racing in the Indy500 on Sunday - proved a disappointing one as he had to start from the pit lane because of a 15-place grid penalty for changes to his power unit.

The race was back on on lap 68, which again allowed Vettel to pull away but put Ricciardo under pressure from Bottas and Verstappen and the Australian's race very almost ended then and there when he got too deep into turn one and hit the wall hard. "I didn't make any mistakes, I got these points and at the end of the season maybe those points will be valuable". The safety vehicle came onto the track to help move the Sauber.

"We have been dropping in and out of the tyre window, never had two drivers or two cars over the whole course of a weekend within that window".

"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)".

Also producing quite the drive was Hamilton.

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.