Hamilton: Ferrari has chosen its number one

Jessica Allison
June 5, 2017

"It's still second place but it doesn't feel terrible good", he said.

"They're going to be pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will get the maximum on all of his weekends".

Lewis Hamilton believes he can not afford another poor weekend if he wants to stop championship leader Sebastian Vettel from winning the title.

"The leading vehicle, it is very hard for him to get jumped unless the team decide to favour the other auto, so it's great for him (Vettel)", Hamilton said after the Monaco GP, via ESPN.

It was a first win for Ferrari in Monaco since 2001 and on a weekend when his main title rival Lewis Hamilton struggled it was a dream result for Vettel.

"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", he said.

Raikkonen led for the first 35 laps of the race with Vettel following close behind, the lead vehicle generally gets preference on stops and the former was called in first for his first and only stop of the race.

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Ricciardo achieved a similar result, jumping from fifth to third, which teammate Verstappen called "a f***ing disaster" on the team radio.

Ferrari could be credited in another view for allowing tactcial creativity that allowed Vettel to react to the fact that he still had good grip in his tyres to capitalise on Raikkonen's stop. They needed to pit one of the two drivers and put him on the supersoft and how it all panned out, the supersoft was not quick enough and Sebastian was able to pull out some stunning laps on the used ultrasoft and that gave him the advantage over Kimi. He is keen for both drivers to work as a team and put as much pressure on Ferrari to overcome the 17-point deficit the Silver Arrows team have in the constructors' championship.

Vettel, who claimed Ferrari's first victory on the Cote d'Azur in 16 years, now has the buffer of a race victory over Hamilton in this year's see-saw title battle.

Wolff says it has proven tough to get the optimal performance out of both cars at the same race, highlighting Lewis Hamilton's struggles in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix as the flawless example of their issues. This auto now is not working at every single place we go to.

"The lead driver normally gets priority, and if I had the choice to go first (into the pits), that is normally what you want to do". We are under no illusion that we are not flawless and have still got areas to improve on. "There's so many things we have got to look into to try to understand why one vehicle could make it work and the other couldn't". "I didn't make any mistakes, I got these points and at the end of the season maybe those points will be valuable. But bit by bit we'll try and chip away at it".

The Ferrari driver did not smile even once during the trophy ceremony and also had a disappointing look during his post-race interview. Watch on Sky Sports F1 on Wednesday, 8:30pm.

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