Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix while Ferrari hits trouble
Lewis Hamilton produced a dominant drive to win the British Grand Prix and slash Formula 1 title rival Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to a single point after a dramatic finish.
Hamilton led from lights to flag, crossing the line 14 seconds ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen completing the podium.
There was late drama as Raikkonen and Vettel suffered front left tyre problems with three and two laps to go respectively, when running second and fourth.
Raikkonen pitted and rejoined to take third with Vettel – who had reported blistering after a big lock-up – falling right back to seventh as he had to drive further on his wrecked tyre.
It was Hamilton’s fourth victory of the season, his fourth consecutive British GP win and fifth F1 triumph at Silverstone.
At the start, Raikkonen challenged Hamilton into the first corner, but the leader held firm and set about building an advantage.
Vettel made a slow start, slipping behind Verstappen before retaking the position only for the Red Bull driver to go back past around him on the outside at the Loop.
The race was neutralised when the safety car was deployed to clear debris after Daniil Kvyat ran wide onto the grass, lost control and hit Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.
At the restart, Hamilton pushed clear, first holding a steady gap to Raikkonen before putting the hammer down ahead of the pitstops.
Further back, Vettel put pressure on Verstappen, attacking down the inside of Stowe, only for the Red Bull to hold on around the outside.
Verstappen managed to stay ahead under braking for Vale, squeezing Vettel wide into the chicane and prompting the Ferrari driver to raise his hand in frustration.
Vettel was the first of the frontrunners to pit, with Red Bull reacting by bringing Verstappen in next time around.
But a problem with a wheelnut delayed Verstappen, meaning he rejoined behind Vettel and did not have the pace to respond.
Raikkonen pitted soon after, with Hamilton following suit on the next lap and rejoining comfortably in the lead, ahead of Bottas, who had yet to pit having run deep on softs after starting ninth following a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
It wasn’t until lap 33 of 51 that Mercedes called Bottas, the only driver in the top 10 to start on the softs, in for the super-softs, and he rejoined fourth.
He used the fresher, softer rubber to gradually reduce the gap to Vettel and then launched an attack on the run to Club, but the Ferrari driver locked up and kept the position.
On the next lap, Bottas was much closer to Vettel on Hangar Straight and swept around the outside of Vettel with ease before they reached Stowe.
Bottas then inherited second when Raikkonen suffered the tyre issue, with Verstappen pitting late as a precaution and rejoining in fourth, ending a run of three successive retirements.
His team-mate Daniel Ricciardo produced an impressive recovery drive to take fifth, having started 19th after a series of grid penalties for engine component and gearbox changes and dropping to last early on having run into the gravel when trying to pass Kevin Magnussen.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg equalled his best finish of the season with sixth, losing out to Ricciardo late on, but his team-mate Jolyon Palmer failed to take the start after reporting brake-by-wire and hydraulic problems on the formation lap.
Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez gave Force India an eighth double points finish in 10 races with eighth and ninth ahead of Felipe Massa. They had ended up in a three-way battle that developed as they queued behind the long-running Magnussen before the Haas finally pitted.
McLaren again failed to score – although Stoffel Vandoorne was not far behind Massa in 11th. Fernando Alonso retired midway through the race having got up to 14th from his back of the grid start.
RESULTS – 51 LAPS:
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||52.125s|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m05.955s|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|11||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|14||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1 Lap|
|16||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|17||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|–||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||Fuel pump|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Collision|
|–||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||Not started|
Austrian Grand Prix: Bottas fends off Vettel for second F1 win
Valtteri Bottas held his nerve against a charging Sebastian Vettel to claim his second Formula 1 victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Bottas fended off a late attack from the Ferrari to secure the win by just six tenths of a second.
Vettel still extended his championship lead to 22 points over Lewis Hamilton, who recovered well from eighth on the grid after his gearbox-change penalty but was denied a podium by Daniel Ricciardo.
Bottas made a lightning getaway from pole position to comfortably lead Vettel into the first corner, although his start was so good it prompted an investigation into whether he had jumped it.
He had to wait 20 laps to be cleared – with the review revealing his reaction to the lights changing was just 0.2s – and by this time had stretched his lead to 7.6s over the chasing Ferrari.
Bottas ran a long opening stint, eventually pitting on lap 41 of 71 and emerging with a reduced lead of just 2.5s.
Vettel engaged in an ebbing-and-flowing pursuit of Bottas, rallying late on and getting within DRS range but eventually falling just short.
An aggressive first lap set Ricciardo on his way to his fifth podium in a row.
Ricciardo attacked Kimi Raikkonen into Turn 1 but had to continue the move all the way up the hill into Turn 3, eventually claiming the place and forcing the Ferrari wide in the process.
Raikkonen dropped behind Romain Grosjean’s Haas as a result of Ricciardo’s move, and it took two laps for the works Ferrari to finally make it past the customer car at Turn 4.
The longest first stint of any of the frontrunners meant Raikkonen, who stopped on lap 44, fell behind the recovering Hamilton as the strategies played out.
Hamilton had been gifted a place at the start by a clutch-related poor getaway from Max Verstappen, and worked his way past Sergio Perez’s Force India and Grosjean in the opening stint as well.
He complained about his tyres once he swapped his super-softs for ultra-softs, but charged in the closing stages and got within DRS range of Ricciardo with three laps to go – though he could not find a way past.
Raikkonen finished a lonely fifth, while Grosjean scored his best result of the season with sixth.
Behind Grosjean came the two Force Indias, with Perez leading Esteban Ocon, while Williams duo Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll charged into the points after a dismal qualifying left them 17th and 18th on the grid.
They were helped by a first-lap collision that was caused when Verstappen started slowly from fifth on the grid and was collected at Turn 1 by Fernando Alonso, whose McLaren had been rear-ended by Daniil Kvyat.
The Toro Rosso driver was handed a drive-through penalty for the incident, which led to Verstappen stopping further round the lap and Alonso returning to the pits immediately with terminal damage.
Kevin Magnussen, who complained of no power steering, and Carlos Sainz Jr were the only other retirements.
RESULTS – 71 LAPS:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||6.012s|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|9||Felipe Massa||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|11||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||1 Lap|
|12||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||1 Lap|
|14||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||3 Laps|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Engine|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||Collision|
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen hits out at Valtteri Bottas after Baku hit
Kimi Raikkonen has blamed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas for their collision on the first lap of Formula 1’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver tried to pass second-placed Bottas round the outside of Turn 2 after his rival suffered excessive wheelspin on the exit of the previous corner.
Bottas kept the inside line and bounced over the kerb, pitching him into Raikkonen and pushing the Ferrari into contact with the wall.
"Not much I could have done," said Raikkonen. "I got hit at Turn 2 and there was quite a lot of damage on the car already on the left-hand side."
Raikkonen had retired from this season’s Spanish GP after contact with Bottas sent him into Max Verstappen’s Red Bull, and the Ferrari driver said the incident was similar to the one in Baku.
"He [Bottas] braked very early, again – and I think he knows it was way too early braking – and I went just outside and it was fine, and suddenly I got hit from the other side.
"So I think he noticed he braked too early and just let the brakes go, and came way too fast into me.
"It was completely his fault, but obviously I paid the price."
The stewards took no action on the coming together with Raikkonen dropping to fifth and later retiring after hitting debris from the Force India clash, while Bottas went on to finish second after passing Lance Stroll ahead of the finish line.
Bottas said that he could not have backed out of the Turn 2 battle and was surprised it ended in contact.
"From my side, you know, I was on the inside, he was obviously outside, he did brake later and he was kind of ahead but I was on the inside. So then normally… inside you have the line.
"He was turning in the corner so that for me there was nowhere else to go other than over the kerb. And for me it was not an option to back off at that point.
"So yeah, just went over the kerb, bottomed out, the car jumped and hit him and I got a puncture.
"I don’t know really, I need to have a bit more [of a] look at the videos and stuff and review it a bit more but for me it was no option to back off.
"For me I was on the inside, I thought I had the corner, there should have been space for two cars to go around.
"He was anyway a bit further ahead so maybe he could’ve kept his position anyway."
Collisions between Bottas and Raikkonen go back to 2015, when the two fought for the podium in the Russian Grand Prix before they then made contact in Mexico.
"You know, it’s a bit of a shame it’s again me and Kimi but we’ve been fighting for similar positions and it’s just unlucky that it’s us again," said Bottas.
Today many things happened that were out of our hands and unfortunately we paid a big price. After the start, at the second corner, I got hit by Bottas; I don’t know what he was doing, he braked very early but probably he noticed that and let the brakes off, went too fast and hit me. Because of that the rear end of my car hit the wall and I had a massive damage. We were able to keep going but then I was unlucky. The two Force Indias collided, some debris flew off and destroyed my rear tire. As a consequence my whole floor and the rear wing were damaged and we decided to retire. When the red flag stopped the race we thought that we might try and go back on track. The mechanics did and amazing job, managed to change the floor and the endplate in a very short time. But obviously my car was still not perfect and we decided to stop. It’s not a good day when your car retires twice in a race. I’m disappointed because, without all these things happening, my car would have been good. There’s nothing else we could have done, we tried our best.
Ricciardo wins crazy Azerbaijan GP, Vettel and Hamilton clash
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo emerged a shock winner of a chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix featuring Formula 1 title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton controversially clashing behind the safety car.
Hamilton and Vettel had a on-track run-in while the race was neutralised, earning Vettel a penalty that would have given Hamilton a comfortable cruise to victory had the Mercedes’ headrest not come close.
Those dramas left Ricciardo, who qualified 10th and looked well and truly out of contention after stopping early to have debris cleared out of a brake duct, in position to take his fifth grand prix victory.
Ricciardo headed home Valtteri Bottas and Williams rookie Lance Stroll, who picked up a maiden podium just two weeks after his first F1 points finish.
Bottas had been a lap down after a first-lap collision with Kimi Raikkonen but was allowed to unlap himself during one of the race’s many interruptions.
Chaos ahead allowed him to find his way into third, and he reeled in Stroll before inching ahead of the Williams in a near-photo-finish for second.
The Bottas/Raikkonen clash happened as the Ferrari got ahead of him for second into Turn 2 on lap one after the Mercedes lost momentum with wheelspin out of the first corner.
Bottas kept to the inside line, bounced off the kerb and into Raikkonen, who tagged the wall but continued in fifth while Bottas limped to the pits.
That allowed Vettel into second behind Hamilton, and he was trailing by three seconds when the race’s first safety car appeared on lap 11 of 51 as Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso parked on track.
Max Verstappen was pressuring Sergio Perez for third at this point, but had to retire with an engine problem.
The safety car lasted for several laps and allowed all the leading runners to swap their super-softs for softs.
Hamilton sped up early on the main straight for the lap 16 restart and immediately established a lead over Vettel, who had to fend off pressure from Perez, while Raikkonen fell behind Felipe Massa and Esteban Ocon to sixth.
The race was immediately suspended again due to debris in several parts of the circuit, and another chaotic restart followed a few laps later.
First, Vettel made contact with the rear of Hamilton’s car as the leader tried to back the pack up for the restart.
Vettel was irate, pulling alongside Hamilton and gesticulating at his rival on the exit of Turn 15 – as his Ferrari whacked against the side of the Mercedes.
Vettel then had to fend off Massa and Perez into Turn 1, although he kept position successfully again.
Instead, there was drama for the Force Indias, as Ocon tried to edge past Perez on exit of Turn 2 but made violent contact, with Raikkonen picking up a damaging puncture from their debris.
Red flags eventually came out this time. Perez and Raikkonen required long periods in the garage for repairs, while Ocon dropped to the back.
At the restart after a 20-minute stoppage, Hamilton and Vettel – now back on super-softs – maintained position with relative ease, as Ricciardo dived into third past both Stroll and Massa, who retired due to a broken rear damper shortly afterwards.
That move was crucial for Ricciardo as soon afterwards Hamilton was called to the pits for a loose headrest to be replaced and Vettel’s 10-second stop-go penalty was imposed.
Ricciardo was left free to lead to the finish, while Vettel and Hamilton, now in that order, fought back through the field in tandem.
But they could do no better than fourth and fifth, catching the Bottas/Stroll battle on the final lap.
Ocon and Haas driver Magnussen had both run in a podium position after the red flag, but were shuffled back to sixth and seventh in the end.
Carlos Sainz Jr recovered from a first-lap spin – that he blamed on team-mate Kvyat rejoining from the run-off area – to take eighth, with Fernando Alonso scoring McLaren-Honda’s first points of the season in ninth.
The Sauber of Pascal Wehrlein took 10th after a battle with team-mate Marcus Ericsson that included contact before the team asked Ericsson to let Wehrlein through as Stoffel Vandoorne gained on them on fresh tyres.
Vandoorne could not pass either Sauber and finished 12th.
Romain Grosjean was a lap down in 13th after an afternoon of brake problems.
Raikkonen and Perez’s repaired cars were eventually retired, while Jolyon Palmer went out very early with engine problems.
RESULTS – 51 LAPS:
|1||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||2h03m55.573s|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||30.298s|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||49.400s|
|13||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|–||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||Collision|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||Engine|
|–||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||Electronics|
Lewis Hamilton cuts Sebastian Vettel’s F1 lead with Canadian GP win
Lewis Hamilton slashed title rival Sebastian Vettel’s Formula 1 championship lead with a dominant victory in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.
Hamilton led away from pole and remained unchallenged for most of the 70-lap race to cross the line 19.7 seconds clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium, with Vettel recovering to fourth place having dropped to last after sustaining damage at the start
That happened when Max Verstappen made a lightning getaway from fifth, going around the outside of Vettel at the start to take second behind Hamilton.
But with Bottas simultaneously attacking Vettel on the inside, the Ferrari found itself squeezed and damaged its front wing on Verstappen’s left-rear wheel.
Vettel continued initially but was soon forced to pit when part of the wing broke off, dropping him to 18th and last.
The race had been neutralised on the opening lap, when the safety car was called into action following a collision between Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean.
Sainz appeared to move across on Grosjean on the straight after Turn 2, causing contact that pitched the Toro Rosso into a spin approaching Turn 3.
The out-of-control Sainz violently collected an innocent Felipe Massa. Both were out but unhurt, while Grosjean had to pit for a new front wing.
Hamilton held off an attack from Verstappen at the safety car restart but that challenge ended when the Red Bull driver pulled off track at Turn 2 soon afterwards with a mechanical problem, prompting a virtual safety car.
With new second-place man Bottas unable to provide a challenge to his team-mate, Hamilton was able to control the pace at the front and clinch his third win of the season and sixth in Canada.
He moved to within 12 points of championship leader Vettel as Mercedes achieved its first one-two of the season.
While the Mercedes had a serene race on a one-stop strategy, Ferrari made a mid-race switch to a two-stopper for its out-of-position drivers.
Kimi Raikkonen had dropped behind Sergio Perez’s Force India when he made a mistake in the early laps.
Vettel made rapid progress through the midfielders and was closing on his team-mate into the second half of the race when their strategies changed.
Raikkonen was first to make an extra stop and initially stayed ahead of Vettel, only to run off-track at the final chicane when his car developed brake problems that left him limping to the finish.
That left Vettel clear to chase down a podium battle in which Ricciardo was hanging on ahead of the Force Indias.
Esteban Ocon was catching Perez after making a later pitstop, prompting Force India to ask them to swap places.
Perez insisted the team let them race and it proved costly as their wheel-to-wheel fight allowed Vettel to get a run and dive down the inside of Ocon into the first corner in a bold move.
While Ocon skittered over the run-off, Vettel pushed on after Perez, running off track briefly at Turns 8 and 9 but then making a pass stick at the final chicane for fourth.
Despite an angry Ocon’s best efforts, Perez clung on to fifth.
Raikkonen nursed his Ferrari home in seventh, just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault.
Lance Stroll scored the first points of his F1 career with ninth in front of his home crowd.
He earned that by battling through the midfield after a relatively early stop.
A late pitstop meant Fernando Alonso ran as high as fourth, despite losing ground taking to the grass to avoid the Sainz/Massa collision on lap one.
Even after being passed by Stroll’s more powerful Williams, Alonso stuck with the rookie and was on course to score McLaren-Honda’s first point of 2017 only to retire with an engine problem on the penultimate lap.
While Alonso climbed into the grandstand to meet fans, his retirement elevated the recovering Grosjean to the final point – just ahead of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen, who lost ground with a penalty for overtaking Stoffel Vandoorne under VSC conditions.
Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat had a bizarre race – failing to get away for the formation lap, then being given a drivethrough penalty for regaining his grid slot, a further time penalty as the stewards deemed their first sanction was "incorrect" and then having a chaotic pitstop just after complaining of vibrations. He ultimately retired from last place.
RESULTS – 70 LAPS:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||35.297s|
|5||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||40.476s|
|6||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||40.716s|
|9||Lance Stroll||Williams/Mercedes||1 Lap|
|10||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|11||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||1 Lap|
|12||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|13||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||1 Lap|
|14||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||1 Lap|
|15||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber/Ferrari||2 Laps|
|16||Fernando Alonso||McLaren/Honda||Power Unit|
|–||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||Wheel|
|–||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||Battery|
|–||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||Collision|
Kimi Raikkonen says his second place in Monaco doesn’t count a lot
Kimi Raikkonen says his second place in the Monaco Grand Prix "doesn’t count a lot" after he lost out to Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
The Finn led the opening stint of the race after taking his first pole position since 2008, but he fell behind Vettel during the pitstops, with the German coming in five laps later and rejoining just ahead.
From there, Vettel drove away from Raikkonen with ease, taking Ferrari’s first win in the principality since Michael Schumacher’s triumph in 2001.
When asked how he felt about the race after looking downbeat on the podium, Raikkonen said: "I don’t know. Obviously it didn’t work out very well for me.
"Other than that…not much I can say about it.
"It’s still second place, but it doesn’t count a lot in my books at least.
"It doesn’t feel awfully good – that is how it goes sometimes. One of those days we should have had a bit more."
Amid suggestions his race strategy was chosen in a way that would benefit Vettel’s title hopes, when asked why he pitted when he did, Raikkonen added: "I was called in. That is about it.
"Obviously they had reasons for it, but it is not up to me to answer.
"I can stop the car if I like [in the pits] as I am driving it, but we work as a team and if you don’t believe what you have been told or how it works it will get very complicated.
"Today as a team we wanted a one-two, it happened, but for myself, I could have done a bit better.
"I haven’t seen the big picture, I only know that we came second.
"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."
Vettel, who now leads Lewis Hamilton by 25 points in the championship, said the different strategies for the Ferrari drivers was not part of a pre-race plan.
"We couldn’t plan much – the plan was to pull away but Valtteri [Bottas, in third] had good pace," he said.
"I saw Valtteri pitted and Kimi responded, I still had a bit of a gap and nothing to lose so I pushed as hard as possible and in two laps I surprised myself to pull a gap and come out in front.
"The car was really good and I pushed everything I could, so I knew if there was a chance [to jump Raikkonen] that was it."
Q: Congrats. Kimi, I think it’s fair to say the whole F1 community would have been very happy as well to see you get that win today. What are your thoughts? You lost it during the pit stops of course, what are you thoughts on that?
Kimi Raikkonen: It’s hard to say really. Obviously it’s still second place, but it doesn’t feel awful good but this is how it goes sometimes and we go for the next race and try to do better but it’s one of those days that you wish you get a bit more.
Q: I know how it feels. It is not a good feeling. But great result anyways.
Q: Kimi, coming to you, obviously you lost the race in the pit stops. The normal wisdom in Monaco is that when you’re leading you’re not the first one to make a move. But just before you made your stop we heard a radio message exchange with your engineer in which you were asking about pitting. So to be clear, were you asking for the stop or did they call it?
KR: No, I was called in and that’s about it.
Q: How do you feel about the first one to move?
KR: I don’t know, obviously it didn’t work out very well for me. But apart from that, I have no idea. I mean… that’s about as much as I can say about it right now. I got the bad end of the story today. I mean it’s still second place but obviously it doesn’t count a lot in my books at least.
Q: (Viktor Bognar – Magyarszo) Kimi, do you think it would have been possible to cover Sebastian if you are stopping later?
KR: I don’t know. Obviously, this is what we got today. The end results. And obviously for the team it’s a great result. Who knows? This is really the end, we can say ‘if’ as much as we want but it doesn’t change anything.
Q: (Andrew Benson – BBC Sport) Kimi, when you pitted you came out behind some traffic and Bottas was also behind Sainz at the time. Have you had an explanation as to why they pitted you at that point?
KR: I don’t know. Obviously, I have just finished the race. I have no idea. Obviously they have reasons for whatever we did do. It doesn’t matter here or any other race. It’s not up to me to answer that.
Q: (Ben Anderson – Autosport) Kimi, in the first stint, you seemed to have really strong pace in the early part and then from about lap 20 your pace dropped off quite substantially. Was there an explanation for that? Were you struggling with something in the car?
KR: Not really. I think the worst place was when we had lapped cars and got stuck behind them on quite a few laps but apart from that the car was behaving well. Not really having any issues. I think we had to take it a little bit easier here and there but nothing to complain really. The most lap time we lost behind the lapped traffic but that’s about it.
Q: (Peter Farkas – Auto Motor) To Kimi and Sebastian, obviously now it seems that Mercedes is sometimes very quick but at other tracks they have serious problems. Of course it’s early in the championship but do you think this consistency of the Ferrari car can really win you the championship this year?
SV: I don’t know.
KR: It’s quite an early part of the year so we’ll see. It’s very hard to know what happens in the future but we will keep trying and try to make the best out of every weekend and just do what we can do. We cannot control what the others will do but no, I’m sure everybody will have some difficult weekends during the year. We will try to minimise those. When you have a hard time, try to make the best out of it.
Q: (Silvia Arias – Parabrisas) Kimi, talking about lapping cars, do you think the blue flag for Button came out a little bit too… not at the right moment? The blue flag which signals to let you past immediately?
KR: I don’t know. There are obviously rules and I’m pretty sure I was – I don’t know if it was one second or one and a half seconds but I was pretty close in the hairpin and I was told that I have to be longer inside their time, so it was not enough to be once, it was something that I’d never hard before but anyhow that’s what happened and it cost a bit but that’s how it is.
Q: (Stuart Codling – F1 Racing) Kimi, given that your team will have known that when you pitted you would emerge in the vicinity of traffic, with those two slower cars ahead, do you feel that you could have gone quicker in those laps, before your pit stop, had you known this?
KR: I don’t know. We tried to figure out something that is impossible to know right now, at least from my side. No, obviously it wasn’t ideal to end up behind a lapped car and obviously it is something that definitely doesn’t help but the end result is what it is but we have to see. We just finished the race and I only know what happened and that’s it. Obviously I got second place but yeah, for the team good but not for myself, not so great.
Q: (Marco Giachi – Paddock) Kimi, as a driver, could you reject the instructions? From a technical point of view, did you have enough information to decide by yourself or are you 100 percent in the hands of the engineers?
KR: Obviously I can stop the car if I want! I’m driving it. We have a team, we work as a team and if you start… if you don’t believe what you’ve been told or how we work then it will get very complicated sometimes because we always try to work as best as we can and today, as a team, we won it one-two, that happened, but as for myself it could have been better, but like I said, we just finished the race and who knows? We will talk about it and I guess there are some reasons for everything that happens in life but we will see. As a driver, I can obviously do what I want but that’s not how we work as a team. Simple as that.
Q: (Ben Anderson – Autosport) Kimi, when you look back at a race, do you feel that you were just unlucky with traffic and the way things fell or do you think Ferrari’s strategy just cost you the victory?
KR: I don’t know. Like I said, I haven’t seen… I only know what happened when I was in the car but I haven’t seen the bigger picture. I only know that we came second, Seb won, the team got one-two, obviously great for the team, but the rest… Until we have our meeting then obviously you can see all the graphs, I don’t know.
Sebastian Vettel wins 2017 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel clinched victory in the Monaco Grand Prix as Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton finished down in seventh.
Pole-sitter Kimi Raikkonen led the opening part of the race, but Vettel stayed out five laps longer before his pitstop, and rejoined ahead of his team-mate.
Raikkonen could not respond with Vettel stretching his lead before the safety car was called into action when Jenson Button collided with Pascal Wehrlein at Portier, pitching the Sauber onto its side against the barrier.
But once the race got back under way, Vettel was able to build a gap and crossed the line 3.1 seconds clear of his team-mate to secure Ferrari’s first win in Monaco since 2001.
Daniel Ricciardo, who survived hitting the wall at Sainte Devote after the race restart, also ran a long first stint, enabling him to jump the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and the other Red Bull of Max Verstappen to take third.
Hamilton, who started 14th, was the last driver to pit, switching from ultra-softs to super-softs and rejoining seventh.
The three-time world champion pressured Carlos Sainz Jr in the closing stages, but could not find a way past, which means he leaves Monaco 25 points adrift of Vettel in the drivers’ standings.
Raikkonen made a brilliant getaway to lead away from pole, with Vettel fending off a half-hearted attack from Bottas to retain second.
The Finn built a gap of around 2.1s, but Vettel began closing that down and was within a second before Raikkonen was called into the pits.
Vettel pumped in a series of quick laps ahead of his stop and rejoined around a second clear of his team-mate, with Raikkonen seemingly giving up on the win from there.
Verstappen was furious when he found out Ricciardo had jumped him, labelling the situation a disaster, and though he pressured Bottas for much of the second stint, he couldn’t find a way past.
With 18 laps to go, Button, who was filling in at McLaren while Fernando Alonso competes at the Indianapolis 500, tried an ambitious pass on Wehrlein into Portier.
The two, who had run nose-to-tail for the entire race, made contact, with Wehlein’s Sauber pitched onto its side against the barrier, while Button pulled over at the exit of the tunnel with the front-left corner of the car heavily-damaged.
Wehrlein climbed out of the car, once it was righted onto its wheels, and was able to walk away unaided but went to the medical centre for precautionary checks.
It was a frustrating day for Sauber, with Marcus Ericsson carrying too much speed into Sainte Devote and hitting the wall when trying to pass the safety car to unlap himself.
Romain Grosjean finished eighth in the leading Haas, ahead of Felipe Massa with Kevin Magnussen completing the top 10.
Stoffel Vandoorne was set to finish 10th and score McLaren’s first point of the season but he slid off at Sainte Devote when Sergio Perez attacked down the inside.
Perez, who had his race compromised when he was forced to pit early with a damaged front wing, then tried a bold pass on Daniil Kvyat at Rascasse for ninth.
The pair made contact, with Kvyat retiring and Perez pitting for another front wing, bringing to an end his 15-race point-scoring streak.
Jolyon Palmer was the sole finishing Renault in 11th with his team-mate Nico Hulkenberg retiring with a gearbox problem when running 10th.
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||78||3.745s|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||78||6.199s|
|6||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||78||12.038s|
|12||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||78||23.725s|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||78||49.089s|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||71||Collision|
|–||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Honda||66||Spun off|
|–||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||63||Spun off|