Was Raikkonen sacrificed for Vettel?

Was Raikkonen sacrificed for Vettel?

Kimi Raikkonen's grim face told a story of its own on Sunday when he finished second behind Sebastian Vettel in Ferrari's one-two triumph at the Monaco Grand Prix. Ferrari kept Vettel out in front until he had a big enough margin over Raikkonen to pit and resume in the lead, which he successfully managed on lap 39.

Ferrari's race victor Sebastian Vettel sprays Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fifth, ahead of Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr.

"It doesn't guarantee anything for tomorrow".

"It feels unbelievable. It was a very tense race. It was nice, straightforward qualifying".

With an average pit stop at Monaco taking 19 seconds, the German built an advantage of 20 seconds over the Finn.

And Raikkonen, a distant fourth in the championship, cut a disconsolate figure during the podium celebrations. Not obvious team orders, but it's hard to see it any other way.

"I knew that if I have any chance that might be it until I get the call because Valtteri was on fresh tires so it's likely that he will go quicker, so I just tried to push as hard as I can and wait for the call to box".

Hamilton put a fearless face on what has been a weekend to forget at the principality. Then, I think in the first stint I was just trying to pace myself, trying to stay within range.

"The battle's not over, boys", three-time champion Hamilton said over the radio in the closing laps. We have to add this, because his team is far away from Ferrari and Mercedes, and yet they are very good until now. The collision made for the safety vehicle on track. "Bit by bit we will try and chip away".

Also producing quite the drive was Hamilton.

Vettel narrowly missed out on a 48th career pole.

The crash left Wehrlein's vehicle on its side at Portier, but he was unhurt.

That left Vettel the opportunity to put in a few fast laps before he pitted, and when he rejoined the race he was two seconds ahead of his team mate.

Up ahead, Vettel was already thinking about his party. But Ferrari's resurgence this season, and Hamilton's auto troubles, makes a sixth victory far from a foregone conclusion. Mercedes took him back into the garage for a tire change but he continued to struggle with the car's balance. Marcus Ericsson crashed his Sauber and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne followed suit moments later.

"I haven't spoken to the team and I don't really plan to", Hamilton said.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate, Valtieri Bottas, raced to the flag in fourth and maintains third spot on the drivers standing.

The team sorted out the problem for Bottas, but not for Hamilton.

"They are finally where we were back in the day where you finish one and two and you have to explain why the right guy won!" joked Wolff.



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