Sebastian Vettel Wins The Monaco Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel

"Of course I can't afford another weekend like this", Hamilton said.

The result saw Vettel extend his lead at the top of the F1 drivers' championship to 25 points over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, while Ferrari also moved ahead of the German manufacturer in the constructors' standings.

"Trust me, I will be pushing, and the guys will be pushing to fully understand it because we don't want to be in this position again. This is the reality of it at the moment".

Given the reliability and speed of Ferrari's auto, 2007 champion Raikkonen has a good chance of securing a 21st race win and his first since driving for Lotus at the season-opening Australian GP in 2013.

But it was shrouded in controversy.

It was a first taste of success for Ferrari in the race for in 16 years since the legendary Michael Schumacher won there, while Lewis Hamilton, who started the day in 13th following a calamitous qualifying, made up some ground with a seventh-place finish.

Kimi Raikkonen was unable to explain the thinking behind his pit stop strategy at the Monaco Grand Prix, saying he had to trust in the Ferrari strategists' decision to change tyres when he did. The vehicle was great. "We know what we are doing, we are racing for the team and y'know, we have certain rules and respect against each other", he said.

We will regroup. The Ferrari vehicle seems to work everywhere - they have had arguably the strongest auto all year - and the next 14 races are going to be very, very hard. "Who knows? It might go the other way: I might need to give Valtteri the upper hand".

"I'm really really happy with the result but I can't really say that I particularly enjoyed the race. 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". As a matter of fact, I think we have been that since the beginning of the season.

"Obviously I can stop the vehicle if I want", he joked, asking if he could have refused the instruction to pit earlier than Vettel even though he was leading the race.

Hamilton know he can not afford another low scoring weekend given Vettel's pace and consistency. We're under no illusion that we are not ideal and we have still got areas to improve on.

Ferrari's decision to have Vettel overcut his team-mate this early in the season may lead to questions over their strategy following the Italian team's first one-two since the 2010 German Grand Prix - when Felipe Massa received a coded message to tell him to let Fernando Alonso aside to claim victory.

"The Ferrari seems to work everywhere so these next 14 races are going to be very hard".

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