Vettel wins Monaco GP ahead of Ferrari teammate Raikkonen

Mercedes this afternoon accepted that Lewis Hamilton's shock failure to fight for pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, and resultant 14h place start, was down to problems they encountered with the set-up of his auto. The Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco race will. Not all was lost for Mercedes, though, as Valtteri Bottas was able to come in third and snag a seat at the second row of the grid.

Red Bull's Dutch Max Verstappen and Australian Daniel Ricciardo are to start fourth and fifth respectively. That gap between the 2008 French Grand Prix and today's event in Monaco sets a record for intervals between career poles, just underlining the evergreen nature of the 37-year-old Finnish driver.

"It doesn't guarantee anything for tomorrow".

"I was devastated after the session, to the point where I couldn't get out of the auto", Hamilton said. Wehrlein's auto flipped on its side and came to rest against the wall, leaving the German stuck in his cockpit and unable to get out.

"Everyone's working back at the factory so hard and they rely on me to get it together and today somehow I wasn't able to", added the two-times Monaco victor.

Pole position is even more valuable at Monaco, the hardest track to overtake on in F1. Very close to second place.

Responding to the suggestion that the problems from Thursday - when Mercedes languished down the order in second practice, struggling to switch on the tyres - were not solved, Hamilton said: "Clearly not".

"I am completely fulfilled", he told BBC Sport as he arrived in the paddock for this weekend's Monaco GP. Now it is impossible to make predictions for tomorrow, all we have to think about is the start, the pace, the strategy, and then try to put everything together. "But it will be an extremely long race here, we look for opportunities".

Vettel resumed ahead of his colleague and was able to control proceedings and take the chequered flag, opening up a 25-point lead over Hamilton in the drivers' championship. Instead, the three-time F1 champion could only get the 14th best time.

It was a torrid weekend for Hamilton throughout as he finished almost a second slower than the Ferrari duo in Practice Three where he struggled for grip.

"Obviously they had reasons for it, but it is not up to me to answer".

"We'll just have to figure out why I couldn't be up there with him".

The safety auto was deployed, and when Wehrlein's vehicle was rolled back on to its four wheels by the marshals, the 22-year-old mercifully emerged without any obvious injury.

Bottas says Ferrari's ability to get the ultra-soft tyre into the optimal operating window more quickly than Mercedes has given the Scuderia an advantage around Monte Carlo so far this weekend. Raikkonen, obediently, reminded reporters that both men raced for the same team - Ferrari.

  • Angelo Rivera