Kimi Raikkonen: Monaco result doesn’t mean much

Still it was put to Raikkonen, a veteran of 259 races that he could have said something, stayed out, but he poured cold water on that notion.

When asked how he felt about the race after looking downbeat on the podium, Raikkonen said: “I don’t know”.

Vettel now has 129 points after six rounds of this year’s 20-race championship ahead of Hamilton on 104.

It was here that Vettel pounced, delivering a string of quick laps to leapfrog Raikkonen during their pitstops.

Then, after the safety vehicle came out again, Russian Daniil Kvyat also lost control of his auto in a frantic finish. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +5.517s 5.

Raikkonen, who had started on pole for the first time in almost nine years, bossed the early running, but Ferrari’s decision to pit him five laps earlier than Vettel scuppered his hopes of winning.

Verstappen’s response on the team radio was succinct.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says he is enjoying his team’s underdog status this season but is determined to overtake Ferrari eventually. A stark contrast to the way the Australian was feeling on Saturday when his team sent him out for qualifying in traffic. “I think its really important now that we collectively work as a team but there might be some things along the way that position-wise, at some stage, might become valuable”. That is something which we need to understand why that is because Ferrari is able to put the auto on the floor and it goes from straight from the beginning until the end.

The veteran Ferrari looked set to take home a victory after snagging pole position on one of the most unfriendly overtaking tracks on the circuit.

Raikkonen was stoney-faced and more taciturn than usual when retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg interviewed him by the podium.

Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was miserable about coming second.

“It doesn’t feel bad good”, Raikkonen said. “It is one of those days”. “We’ll be sure to push those red cars hard next time out in Canada“. The German walked away from the accident before heading to the medical centre for precautionary checks, while Button continued as far as the Nouvelle Chicane before retiring with broken suspension. McLaren’s Jenson Button collided with a safety vehicle collision. It is a track which has proved kind to the Briton in the past, winning his first race there back in 2007, and an event which he has gone on to win a further four times.

Daniel Ricciardo was third and the Red Bull driver is showing excellent performances this season. Vettel said after the race. “When you get safety vehicle, these tires are like driving on ice”.

“At the restart I hit the wall in turn one and I hit it pretty hard, so I assumed I would have had damage and then I saw Valtteri in my blind spot and I just managed to hold on”.

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