Vettel Clinches Second Monaco GP

Philip Boeckman Formula One Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel won Ferrari's third race of the season at Monaco to position both he and his team as title favourites for the 2017 World Drivers and Constructors' Championships. 

Somewhat disbelievingly, this was the Scuderia's first victory at the prestigious track since 2017. Sixteen barren years in which great drivers have come and gone having failed to win at Formula One's fabled track. 

This time however, it was as straightforward as it could be for Ferrari. Locking out the front row during qualifying, it was actually Kimi Raikonnen who was the more comfortable of the two Scuderia drivers this weekend. However, a botch-up in pit-stop strategy allowed Vettel to usurp his team-mate in the closing stages of the race to secure his first Monaco win in six seasons. Whether the team intentionally sabotaged Raikonnen's race to allow championship leader Vettel to take pole has already been asked within the paddock, and the Finn's face during the podium ceremony said it all.

The podium wasn't the only ceremony on Sunday; the race itself was a procession as it so often is at Monaco. Away from the glitz and the glamour, the many famous faces in the crowd and the amazing backdrop, this race rarely offers excitement short of wet weather and driver error. Overtaking is a rarity at the best of times, and these 2017 cars, bigger and wider, made it nigh on impossible to steal a march and bypass a rival. 

Just ask Lewis Hamilton. The Briton struggled for grip all weekend and started on the grid in p13, one of his worst qualifying showings of his career. Speaking before the race, a despondent Hamilton revealed that team simulations suggested the best he could hope for was sneaking into the points. Jenson Button, meanwhile, coming out of retirement for a one-off race whilst Fernando Alonso tried his hand at the Indy500, offered Sky Sports presenter Natalie Pinkham a tenner if there was an overtake during the race. 

In the end, the simulator wasn't too far off. Hamilton managed to scrape P7 but yielded points in the championship battle. Whilst Vettel was enjoying winning at Monaco in a Ferrari, a rarity and as fabled as it gets in Formula One, Hamilton and his team were left pondering what went wrong yet again this season. They may be quicker than Ferrari in a straight line and in clean air, but they struggle when in traffic and in the corners. There will be better days for Mercedes and Hamilton this year, but they'll have to shape up quickly before the next race in Montreal, Canada in just under a fortnight's time. 

Philip Boeckman

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