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Hamilton: Clear Ferrari are favouring Vettel


The 2017 Monaco GP started with Raikkonen cleanly pulling in front and held his advantage through the initial laps.

Vettel agreed with his boss that Ferrari's pit strategy simply happened to work out in his favour. Both Vettel that Raikkonen is due and the German, who has repeatedly reiterated that he wanted to be the champion with Ferrari, appears set to extend his marriage with the Italian brand.

"[But] if you don't believe what you've been told, or how we work, it will get very complicated". "It's still second place but it doesn't count a lot in my books".

"It was a very tense race".

The Finnish driver either stared ahead or straight down at his feet, only raising his head to answer several questions aimed at getting him to say he'd been hindered by his own team.

Vettel increased his championship lead over Hamilton to 25 points - the equivalent of one race victory - with a third win of the season in Monaco after controversially jumping Raikkonen through the sole pit stops.

"Today, as a team, we wanted a one-two. I had a couple of laps where I really pushed and it made a difference", Vettel said. Maybe they won't but I'd like to think so.

Raikkonen's dry humor can be piercing when the mood takes him.

"Not only a victory, but a one-two finish at a Grand Prix with a tradition as glorious as Monaco, where Ferrari last won with another one-two, delivered on that occasion by Schumacher and (Rubens) Barrichello".


What had been a processional race, with the wider new cars making overtaking more hard, turned into sudden drama with a collision between Jenson Button's McLaren and Pascal Wehrlein's Sauber at the tunnel entrance. You just work towards trying to rectify whatever issues you have and hope you don't have them again. "For myself it could have been better".

"I guess there's some reason for everything that happens in life, but we'll have to see". Monaco past year was a hard track for us again. "A supreme day for Ferrari; it's been a long time".

Wolff warned: "Inconsistency has been following us through the season, and on the opposite side Ferrari put the auto on track in Barcelona (testing) and they were quick from the get-go".

"I like the notion of underdog, as because the underdog is people obviously want to see win", Wolff said.

"There was no plan of any team orders".

Others thought there clearly had been. Looking at the drivers' standings for the season, Vettel leads the race, have 129 points in the bag.

It's very clear Ferrari have chosen their number one driver and are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise his points. "It's very hard for the leading vehicle (Raikkonen) to get jumped by the second auto (Vettel) unless the team decides to favor the other vehicle (Vettel)". The collision left Button's auto damaged retiring him from the race as well. There might be some things along the way positioning wise which, at some stage, become valuable, but - who knows? - it might go the other way and I might need to give Valtteri the upper hand. "It's not a good feeling".

"Nothing has changed. Just try to make a stupid story out of nothing", said Raikkonen after he took pole position, according to Grand Prix 247.

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