Was Raikkonen sacrificed for Vettel?

The body language on the podium spoke volumes after Ferrari, Formula One's most glamorous team, won the showcase Monaco Grand Prix for the first time in 16 years yesterday.

Button received a 15-place grid penalty after McLaren were forced to make unscheduled power unit changes to the British driver's auto.

MONACO (AP) - Sebastian Vettel stood out last season for his furious rants more than his slick driving.

There was only one pit stop to be allowed for Ferrari. Angry, moving 25 points clear of Lewis Hamilton and in serious contention for a fifth title.

Hamilton has a 29-point lead over his teammate Valtteri Bottas despite finishing three places below the Finn, but has made it clear that he will not ask his team to throw their weight behind him in a bid to have an advantage in the title race.

Hamilton has won twice in Monaco, including last year's race, and Mercedes had won the last four races in the Mediterranean principality. Faster and - so far - more reliable, with a calm and confident Vettel behind the wheel, the Prancing Horse is galloping away.

Despite that, there was some hope for Hamilton that Vettel might not win the race as Kimi Raikkonen qualified first. That was during Ferrari's dominant era.

"Unbelievable. It was a very tense race".

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Irving also rolled an ankle on a drive and bucket with 1:47 left in the third but was able to stay in the game. They all know not to expect the same, unusually tame James in Game 4. "Defensively, we've got to be better".

And Wolff admits Mercedes days of dominance are well and truly over, meaning Hamilton must be at the peak of his powers if he is to stand any chance of overhauling Vettel. Vettel said after the race. This vehicle now is not working at every single place we go to.

Vettel has been all smiles and compliments this year, emotionally praising his team in Italian after Sunday's win. In terms of looking for, I don't know if we will need more hard weekends or not. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 129 2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +6.199s 6. Ferrari insist they brought in Raikkonen to protect against the pit stop of Valtteri Bottas, a Mercedes not in the same league as Ferrari this weekend. "I just said: "'Be careful, that was very, very close.' But I enjoyed it".

"It doesn't feel very bad good", Raikkonen told Germany's retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg in interviews after the podium ceremonies. "I really am happy", he said.

Whatever the strategy was, Ferrari will not mind after securing maximum points. "But because you can't afford something doesn't mean it is not going to happen (beat the Ferraris in the constructors' championship)".

The crash left Wehrlein's auto on its side at Portier, but he was unhurt in the crash, which required a Safety vehicle intervention for six laps in the closing stages.

With the drivers trundling behind the safety auto, tire temperatures dropped dramatically and some could not cope.

Then, after the safety vehicle came out again, Russian Daniil Kvyat also lost control of his auto in a frantic finish. Marcus Ericsson crashed his Sauber and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne followed suit moments later.

Up ahead, Vettel was already thinking about his party.


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