Sebastian Vettel Wins The Monaco Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the qualifying session for the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco Saturday

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.

Vettel's third win this season was the 45th of his career and Ferrari's first here since Michael Schumacher in 2001.

Taking full advantage of generous support from teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who led from pole position to the start of the pit-stops, the four-time champion came home 3.1 seconds clear of the Finn in glorious Mediterranean sunshine. Raikkonen, obediently, reminded reporters that both men raced for the same team - Ferrari.

"It feels unbelievable. It was a very tense race", Vettel said afterwards.

Raikkonen, who last won a race back in 2013, cut a dejected figure during the podium celebrations.

"Of course I can't afford another weekend like this, at the going rate with the Ferraris quick", he said. "The champion is coming out", Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said after the session."Sebastian made a mistake in Turn Five but having two cars up there means I'm happy".

"In strategy, that [Vettel's victory] doesn't happen".

"So much energy and work goes into these weeks, collectively as a team and individually, the way you prep yourself, and when you see the other cars able to get it to work, you can't for the life of you think why we weren't able to".

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Hamilton put a fearless face on what has been a weekend to forget. Mercedes suffered a big blow when 2016 victor Lewis Hamilton, who also won the Spanish GP earlier this month, finished with only the 14th best time after not being able to get any grip on his tyres.

"But the part were I was in clear air I enjoyed". You just work towards trying to rectify whatever issues you have and hope you don't have them again.

"It is very special to win here and we will have a fun night and then enough time to prepare for Canada". We will regroup. The Ferrari auto seems to work everywhere - they have had arguably the strongest vehicle all year - and the next 14 races are going to be very, very hard.

With the Mercedes finding its W08 very fast but tricky to find the set-up sweet spot for, Wolff says his team is working hard to find ways to make it more benign.

"We came out in traffic so I couldn't push on the last run, on the out lap, and it seemed like we had 20 seconds to Perez behind me and they put me out just behind Max and he was on a build lap", Ricciardo said. "I'll go to the factory this week".

Jenson Button, replacing Fernando Alonso for this race only in the McLaren, was always towards the rear of the field before colliding with Pascal Wehrlein on lap 68.

The nose of Button's vehicle flipped Wehrlein's auto over, like a spatula flipping a burger, and Wehrlein's auto rested on its side. The triple champion will move up to 13th after compatriot Jenson Button's 15-place grid penalty is applied, however.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, on pole in the Mediterranean principality a year ago for Red Bull, will start fifth and next to Spaniard Carlos Sainz for Toro Rosso.



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