Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Kimi Raikkonen: Monaco result doesn't mean much

Sebastian Vettel delivered Ferrari their first Monaco Grand Prix in 16 years on Sunday with teammate and pole sitter Kimi Raikkonen in second. Starting from 13th on the grid and with overtaking hard at Monaco, his task was damage limitation and he was happy with the result.

Bottas was first of the leaders to pit first as he attempted to take advantage of a possible undercut but his fellow win in the Ferrari was in a lap later to close it off.

"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. The leading auto, it is very hard for him to get jumped unless the team decide to favour the other vehicle, so it's great for him [Vettel].

"My compliments to the drivers and, once again, the whole team, both those at the track and the individuals that work so hard each and every day back in Maranello on a vehicle that is finally giving our tifosi the satisfaction they deserve".

Ferrari did not even win a race a year ago, but the Italian manufacturer has turned the tables on Mercedes.

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Vettel's third win of 2017 increased his lead over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' world championship to 25 points. "We've just got to make sure we're ahead of them so we don't need to be in the same scenario that they're in today".

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff described the team's 2017 challenger as "a bit of a diva", and very particular about its operating window, during the Monaco weekend.

"I feel pretty good", said the three-time champion Mercedes driver.

Former champions McLaren's hopes of a first point of the season had already disappeared 12 laps from the end when Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne, who had been 10th, crashed at the same place as Ericsson.

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Mercedes was on the backfoot all weekend in Monaco, failing to get on top of managing tyre temperatures with its W08.

"But the end result is what it is, so I have to see, we just finished the race". It didn't work. Kimi had a good start, mine was OK, so I couldn't really go anywhere.

"The more races we do, the more we learn and the stronger we get".

"I dreamt all night about how to get ahead of the start because I knew that would probably be the only chance I would get".

The race was back on on lap 68, which again allowed Vettel to pull away but put Ricciardo under pressure from Bottas and Verstappen and the Australian's race very almost ended then and there when he got too deep into turn one and hit the wall hard.

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