Ferrari ends long wait for victory at Monaco GP

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

Head of motorsport Toto Wolff even called the Mercedes vehicle "a diva" and a "mystery" because of its temperamental and unpredictable nature.

Jenson Button had a choice between quaffing champagne and entertaining McLaren team sponsors or racing in Sunday's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.

But his team are not likely to follow Ferrari's example and use team orders to favour one driver in the world championship.

While Vettel raced to the victory in Monaco on Sunday, Hamilton struggled with an ill-handling W08 which was not helped by his inability to find the sweet spot with the ultrasoft tyres.

"I knew that Pascal's tires were very gone because I had the same set of tires from the start of the race and I put a new set on", Button said. "This is the reality of it at the moment".

It was a landmark win for Ferrari, their first in Monaco since 2001 and a first 1-2 since 2010.

The contrast between last season, when the oldest and most successful team in Formula One history failed to win a race and a frustrated Vettel was making headlines with radio rants, is marked.

"Valtteri's doing a great job".

"We have to work collectively as a team more than ever before to beat the Ferraris in the constructors' (championship)".

"I really am happy", he said.

"So yes, we are the underdog and we need to catch up". However, he now trails Vettel by 25 points in the title race and it is clear that he can not afford to be bogged down by similar problems again.

Wolff said: "Inconsistency has been following us through the season, and on the opposite side Ferrari put the auto on track in Barcelona [testing] and they were quick from the get-go".

Over the last few races we've seen just how drivers have been able to maximise that performance on goal built race tracks, but last weekend we saw how the cars worked in Monaco, one of the trickiest, tightest circuits on the F1 2017 calendar. "But as matter of fact, I think we have been since the beginning of the season".

"It is about bringing the tyres into the right window; we have a fast auto but she doesn't like the tyres and that is something we need to understand".

"Trust me, I will be pushing and the guys will be pushing to understand it because we don't want this again".

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Asked about Ferrari's strategy, Hamilton told reporters: "It's clear to me that they have chosen their number one driver so they're going to be pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will get the maximum on all of his weekends".

"There's no point dwelling on the fact you can not afford it, you just work towards trying to rectify whatever issues you have and hope you do not come across it again".

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