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Wolff: Ferrari win was not 'orchestrated'

Wolff: Ferrari win was not 'orchestrated'

A shock early exit from qualifying left Hamilton just 13th on the grid in Monaco, but he managed to make up six positions to claim six points in what turned out to be a case of damage limitation.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland leads the start during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

The Briton was able to work his way up to seventh, but four-time world champion Vettel is now a full race victory ahead after he successfully overcut Raikkonen in the pit-stop phase. We will regroup. The Ferrari auto seems to work everywhere - they have had arguably the strongest vehicle all year - and the next 14 races are going to be very, very hard. It is very special to win here. The 37-year-old ran into heavy traffic upon returning to the track, giving Vetel enough time to build up a significant lead.

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION 1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 2.

Sebastian Vettel, following on from fellow-German great Michael Schumacher in 2001, beamed and conducted his jubilant mechanics from the podium as they belted out the Italian national anthem.

Some change from previous year when Vettel didn't win a race. We need to catch up.

"There was no plan on team orders", Vettel said. "When you see the guys singing the national anthem it's impossible not to get goosebumps".

Kimi Raikkonen had the pole position, first after 12 years, and in the end, he didn't succeed to valorize it into a victory.




Both made a clean start, with Vettel holding off Bottas heading into the first corner.

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

Daniel Ricciardo was third and the Red Bull driver is showing excellent performances this season.

The Mercedes chief insists everyone is working towards making sure they finish above Ferrari come the end of the season but for now is enjoying the underdog tag. It's not like we came here unprepared, things just did not get off right. "It's still second place but it doesn't count a lot in my books".

"This vehicle now is not working every single race we go to".

"For me, I take it, there's no reason to lie, obviously I'm very happy but I can understand obviously that he's upset".

But it was a familiar story at the front, with Ferrari's Sebastian stretching his championship lead over Hamilton to 25 points after a comfortable win.

"It is really important we collectively work as a team more than ever before, as we have been, because our work is to beat the Ferraris in the constructors' but there might be some things along the way positioning-wise that might become valuable".


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