Vettel 'surprised' to come out ahead of Raikkonen

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates with his second placed teammate Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, right, after winning the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

But when Hamilton was asked if his observation about Ferrari favouring Vettel meant he would be asking Mercedes for similar treatment, he dismissed the idea.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo took his second successive podium with third place for Red Bull.

As a result, there was no Mercedes driver on the Monaco podium. But he couldn't gain further ground after the safety auto exited and he finished 7th, taking 6 points to Vettel's 25.

Post the current result, Sebastian leads the drivers' title with a total of 129 points, followed by Lewis who has a total of 104 points.

Hamilton, however, was delighted to claim a top 10 finish.

"Ultimately, I lost a lot of points today", said the three-time world champion. I should have done a better job overall.

"I did what I came to do today, didn't make any silly mistakes, didn't damage the vehicle, got those points and I'd like to think at the end of the season those points are going to be valuable". "I got the bad end of the story today", he said. "When Kimi stopped I was just going flat out as fast as I could".

The big hitters were eager to get out onto the track early, get into some space and set a time.

"Something we've been waiting for a long time has finally come to pass, a race which will be part of our history", Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne said.

Passing is always virtually impossible on Monte Carlo's streets, the more so with this season's wider cars, and pit tactics were likely to decide the race. It's been a long week and we've worked so hard, so it's disappointing to miss out. "I don't think you could have guessed that". "I would feel exactly the same, one hundred per cent the same".

The spanner in the works could come from a number of sources, not least Valtteri Bottas, who has all the makings of 'doing another Sochi', a move that would not only damage Vettel but also those sections of the British media that continue to demand Mercedes concentrates its efforts on Hamilton.

"Ferrari dominated the race", said Wolff. "I might be grateful for them later in the year". "Today we proved it".

"Valtteri drove a controlled and consistent race".

Ferrari's race engineers and pit strategists, thanks to modern technology, would have known exactly where Raikkonen would have fed out on track after his stop, namely behind Wehrlein.

"We successfully covered Verstappen but then Riccardo was able to unleash some lap times that we just couldn't match". The race leader was brought in to pit from the ultrasoft tyre to supersoft tyres at lap 32, which dropped the Finn down to P3 and put Sebastian into lead.

"But the reality is that we were in and out of the working window of the tyres this weekend and that made our performance too inconsistent overall".

"It's really important that we work as a team more than anything, as we have been".

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