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(Formula One) Sebastian Vettel Wins Monaco GP Extending Lead

(Formula One)  Sebastian Vettel Wins Monaco GP Extending Lead Over Lewis Hamilton


Vettel had been in serious competition with Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One world championship though the win by Vettel sparks thinking that the Ferrari team manipulated the strategy to ensure the result suggests a potential cold war within the team.

Kimi Raikkonen, who claimed a stunning first pole position in nine years on Saturday, led in the early stages and was dropped into traffic by his Ferrari team, while Vettel stayed out and made the most of clean air to set some blistering lap times and pull out a sufficient gap to his teammate, Raikkonen ultimately lost out on what would have been a deserved first victory since 2013.

The win now put Vettel 25 points clear of Hamilton in the championship after the Mercedes driver. Raikkonen made his pit stop on lap 34, at a time when there was no obvious requirement to do so, and he came out behind slower cars, which he just scaled past

“From the team point of view, there was no plan of any team orders or anything,” he said. “When Kimi stopped I was just going flat out as fast as I could. I was surprised when I came out ahead. It worked well for me to stay out longer. We’re racing, we get on well but I can understand that Kimi’s not entirely happy today. He drove well in the first stint and then got the message to go in, you do the pit stop and then you push.

Obviously it’s a bad surprise when somebody comes out ahead. I’ll take it, there’s no reason to lie or anything. I’m very happy about it today but I can understand he’s upset.”

Raikkonen felt upset about the strategy used by the Ferarri team
“I got the bad end of the story today,” he said. “I mean it’s still second place but obviously it doesn’t count for a lot in my books at least.” Nor was he forthcoming on what rationale the team had for pulling him when they did, with the data that would have shown there was a risk he would emerge among slower cars. “I don’t know,” he said when asked about the timing.

“Obviously, I have just finished the race. I have no idea. Obviously they have reasons for whatever we did. It doesn’t matter here or any other race. It’s not up to me to answer that.”
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