Vettel picks up 'Driver of the Day' award for Monaco

Even by his standards, Kimi Raikkonen was stony-faced after Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton said: "Common sense is of course I can not afford another weekend like this at the going rate when the Ferraris are quick; of course not".

According to BBC Sport, Vettel led home team-mate Kimi Raikkonen after passing the Finn by running longer to their only pit stops. In strategy, that (Vettel's victory) doesn't happen.

"As we get on top of that ultrasoft then it puts us in a much better position to attack", he said. It doesn't feel awfully good - that is how it goes sometimes.

It is the second race weekend this season that Hamilton has failed to finish on the podium - while Vettel has finished no lower than second in 2017 - following the Briton's uncharacteristically below-par display in Russian Federation.

The Finnish driver either stared ahead or straight down at his feet, only raising his head to answer several questions aimed at getting him to say he'd been hindered by his own team.

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Sebastian Vettel has won the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix with team mate Kimmi Raikkonen taking second place for a Ferrari one-two. Today, as a team we wanted a one-two, which happened. "I really have no idea". "Obviously they have reasons for whatever they do".

Raikkonen was more measured but the anger was radiating from him.

Vettel, a four-time world champion and first Ferrari victor in Monaco since Schumacher, has now won three of the six races to Hamilton's two.

"The Ferrari seems to work everywhere and these next 14 races are going to be very, very hard", he added. 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. One more race like this and we'll be much further behind'.

"We have definitely got to improve our understanding of the vehicle and see if we can do a better job", said Hamilton, who is due at Mercedes' Northamptonshire factory on Thursday.

"I came in this morning feeling bad - I didn't get a lot of sleep last night - so to come away with the points I've come away with, I can happily take this and move forwards", said the Briton.

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However the day belonged to Vettel who was unbeatable from the moment he came out of the pits ahead of his teammate. "I just said: "'Be careful, that was very, very close.' But I enjoyed it".

"There was no plan of any team orders".

The Ferrari driver's victory in the Principality and Hamilton's seventh place finish sees the three-time world champion trailing his title rival by 25-points and he is certain that Ferrari will favour Vettel for the rest of the season.

Others thought there clearly had been.

Vettel now has 129 points after six rounds of this year's 20-race championship ahead of Hamilton on 104.

Amidst the wide speculation that Ferrari had a strategy to get their leading driver into the lead, the team denied that wasn't the case. The collision left Button's vehicle damaged retiring him from the race as well. "That is why I just had to let my guys know we are not going to give up".

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