Mercedes now the underdogs, says Wolff

Mercedes now the underdogs, says Wolff

Mercedes now the underdogs, says Wolff

As Alonso continued to push, he became the third Honda driver to suffer an engine failure as he came towards the start/finish with around 20 laps remaining, his vehicle grinding to a halt.

You had to go back to July 2010 for the last time that Ferrari had enjoyed an one-two finish in a grand prix before yesterday in Monaco.

MONACO (AP) - Sebastian Vettel stood out last season for his furious rants more than his slick driving.

The first round of pit stops at the Indy 500 left Indianapolis native Ed Carpenter in the front, followed by defending race victor Alexander Rossi and Formula One star Fernando Alonso.

Vettel moved 25 points clear of Hamilton in the title race after he recorded his third win of the season while the British driver finished only seventh in Monte Carlo.

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.

"They deserved to win because they had the quickest auto out there", said Wolff. Faster and - so far - more reliable, with a calm and confident Vettel behind the wheel, the Prancing Horse is galloping away. That was during Ferrari's dominant era.

With new regulations created to make cars wider, heavier and faster this year, Ferrari seems to have worked wonders in the factory while Mercedes appears to be going backward.

"It's very, very special to win here", Vettel said.

Vettel said he could understand if Raikkonen - who said his result didn't "count a lot" - wasn't happy after the race.

Vettel has been all smiles and compliments this year, emotionally praising his team in Italian after Sunday's win.

"Missing out on a Monaco podium is painful", Bottas said. "It's very hard for the leading vehicle (Raikkonen) to get jumped by the second auto (Vettel) unless the team decides to favor the other auto (Vettel)". As the German national anthem played, he stood atop the podium with his eyes closed. Ferrari brought Raikkonen in next, and sent him out into the middle of traffic. Bottas pitted one lap later, coming out of the pits ahead of Verstappen. The clean air did allow Ricciardo to exit the pit lane ahead of Bottas.

"Hopefully I get up to speed as quick as I can", he said in the final minutes before the green flag.

"It doesn't feel very bad good", Raikkonen said.

"The auto was in a really different place then we ever really had it before and it was definitely unexpected for the engineers, they corrected it and it was worse".

Whatever the strategy was, Ferrari will not mind after securing maximum points.

Due to the crash and resulting safety auto, the time gaps fell, with the field close together for the last part of the race.

It was the four-time F1 champion's third win of the season and 45th of his career, as well as Ferrari's first at Monaco since Michael Schumacher in 2001. "Today it was a really exciting race".

Jenson Button's over-optimistic lunge on Pascal Wehrlein compounded a miserable day for Sauber, while McLaren missed its best chance yet to get off the mark in 2017 with points, as Stoffel Vandoorne crashed out of the race in similar fashion to Ericsson at St.

With the drivers trundling behind the safety vehicle, tire temperatures dropped dramatically and some could not cope. Marcus Ericsson somehow managed to crash under the safety vehicle, leaving Sauber with no cars running.

Then, after the safety auto came out again, Russian Daniil Kvyat also lost control of his vehicle in a frantic finish.

Vettel, himself, said he was shocked to have got ahead of his teammate.

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