Sebastian Vettel Extends Lead Over Lewis Hamilton after Monaco Grand Prix Victory

Jessica Allison
June 10, 2017

The German also received some support from Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

"Of course I can't afford another weekend like this", said Hamilton.

"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. "This is the reality of it at the moment".

Lewis Hamilton believes the Monaco GP showed Ferrari are prioritising Sebastian Vettel over Kimi Raikkonen in the battle for the F1 2017 world title.

But it was shrouded in controversy.

Ferrari's first victory in the principality since 2001 never looked in doubt after Saturday's qualifying placed Raikkonen on pole and team-mate Sebastian Vettel in second, with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton starting 13th.

Asked to explain why the two Silver Arrows were performing so inconsistently, Wolff said: 'It remains a mystery. The auto was great.

"Valtteri's doing a great job, I don't now feel that we have to favour one over the other".

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"I think it's really important now that we collectively work as a team more than ever before, as we have been. Maybe things went on that we don't know about".

"I came into the race a lot further back than I expected to be and I had no idea what was going to happen". "We now need to go back to the factory and make sure we do everything in our power to ensure it remains our weakest result of the year".

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. "But the underdog is the one that people want to see winning. But I don't think it was orchestrated".

"I did what I came to do today, didn't make any silly mistakes, didn't damage the auto, got those points and I'd like to think at the end of the season those points are going to be valuable". Today, as a team we wanted a one-two, which happened. We are under no illusion that we are not ideal and have still go areas to improve on.

"It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their No. 1 driver so they will be pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximize all of his weekends", Hamilton said.

"It's hard for the leader here to be passed - unless the team decides to favour one auto", Lewis Hamilton, now 25 points behind Vettel after six races, said. Vettel would have received seven fewer points if he had finished Sunday's race at No. 2.

"The team got a one-two, which is great for the team, but the rest - until we have meetings and we can see all the graphs I don't know".

"The Ferraris are not bullet-proof and they have things coming up too, potentially, with all the turbos they have used".

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