MONTE CARLO – German driver Sebastian Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, followed closely by his Finnish teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, whose effort helped secure the top two spots on the podium for Ferrari, bringing home the team’s first win in the principality since 2001.
With this victory, his second ever win at Monte Carlo, where he won in 2011 with Red Bull, Vettel notched his third victory of the 2017 season, following his success at the Bahrain and Australian Grand Prix, bringing his career win total to 45.
“Unbelievable. It was a very tense race. I knew that was the chance to win and I was able to use that window and come out ahead. After that, I was able to control the gap behind,” Vettel told reporters at the Monte Carlo circuit.
The victory provided a boost for Vettel in the championship ranking, extending his 1st place lead over second-place Briton Lewis Hamilton, of Mercedes, by 25 points.
Vettel currently has 129 points, while Hamilton, who finished in 7th place, has 104 points.
Raikkonen, who started in the pole position, seemed less impressed with his second place win, telling reporters that he expected more from the race.
“Nothing to say really. Obviously, it’s still second place, but it doesn’t feel awfully good,” Raikkonen said.
“But it is how it goes sometimes: we go to the next race and try to do better. It is one of those races when you hope to get more,” the Finn said.
Raikkonen lost time to Vettel following a pit stop on the 34th lap.
Australian Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo shared the podium with Vettel and Raikkonen, taking third place in Monaco.
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen came in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Spain’s Carlos Sainz, of Toro Rosso, finished sixth, followed by Hamilton.
Haas’s Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa, of Williams, and Kevin Magnussen, of Haas, completed the top 10, respectively.