Lewis Hamilton: Monaco GP shows Ferrari favouring Sebastian Vettel

He is keen for both drivers to work as a team and put as much pressure on Ferrari to overcome the 17-point deficit the Silver Arrows team have in the constructors' championship.

"And on the opposite side, Ferrari put the auto on the track in Barcelona and were quick from the get go, so yes, we are the underdog, yes we need to catch up. This is the new reality at the moment".

The slightly different stopping strategies for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen gave the German the edge.

But it was shrouded in controversy.

Vettel moved 25 points clear of Hamilton in the championship race after he recorded his third win of the season, while the British driver finished seventh in Monte Carlo.

Although the Red Bulls also had Valtteri Bottas' Mercedes in the mix, meaning it was not a straight fight between teammates, Vettel used the example as proof that Ferrari's strategy was not unusual.

"Valtteri's doing a great job".

"Valtteri's doing a great job, I don't now feel that we have to favour one over the other".

It was Ferrari's first one-two finish since 2010 and chairman Sergio Marchionne was quick to hail "a race which will be part of our history... a really exciting race where we saw the real scuderia (team)". "Who knows what is going to happen?" "If I had a choice at that point, sitting behind Kimi, if I was going in the pits first - that's maybe what you like to do because you are sooner on the fresher tyres, so I think it's probably one of the rare occasions where the overcut turned out to be positive, so I'm really glad I made that work". "So they are going to be pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise on all of his weekends. It's one of those days where you wish you'd led a bit more", he said after the ceremony. "But the underdog is the one that people want to see winning". I don't now feel that we have to have a number one.

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

It's an interesting thought: "is Raikkonen more likely to be a Ferrari driver in 2018 because of events this weekend in Monaco or less?" It was clear that, I think they had the same plan to be honest so the lead vehicle normally gets priority so if I had a choice at that point, sitting behind Kimi, if I was going in the pits first, that's maybe what you like to do, because you are sooner on the fresher tires so I think it's probably one of the rare occasions where the over-cut turned out to be positive, so I'm really glad I made that work.

"With the strategy, it's very hard for the leading auto to get jumped by the second vehicle unless the team decide to favour the other vehicle, so that's very clear".

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