Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ferrari has chosen its number one driver - Hamilton

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen will start from the pole position for the first time since 2008 after the Ferrari driver dominated qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, scheduled for Sunday. After starting 13th, Hamilton recovered to seventh place. "It is still second place but obviously it doesn't count a lot in my books at least".

The former champions struggled all weekend and now Ferrari might have made a clear move to install Vettel as "number 1'".

"It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their No. 1 driver so they will be pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximize all of his weekends", Hamilton said.

Ferrari's decision to have Vettel overcut his teammate this early in the season may lead to questions over their strategy following the Italian team's first one-two since the 2010 German Grand Prix - when Felipe Massa received a coded message to tell him to let Fernando Alonso aside to claim victory.

"They needed to pit one of the two drivers and put them on the supersoft".

'They've had the strongest vehicle all year, a little bit like our auto was last year.

Well, it was the most notable move of a reasonably boring race, but it wasn't a good one.

A Ferrari team engineer along with a disappointed Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.Getty Images. They corrected things and it was worse so then we went back to this unknown scenario. It wasn't clear how the tyre would perform.

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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, in front of Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland sprays champagne on the podium after winning the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

'I like being an underdog because the underdog is the one people want to see win.

"My compliments to the drivers and, once again, the whole team, both those at the track and the individuals that work so hard each and every day back in Maranello on a vehicle that is finally giving our tifosi the satisfaction they deserve". The victor, Japan's Takumo Sato (another ex-Formula 1 teammate of Button) was unknown until virtually the very last lap - when was the last time we could say that about a Formula 1 race?

On a circuit noted for the extreme difficulty it presents for overtaking, Hamilton was lucky simply to scrape into a points-paying result.

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.

"But the more races we do, the more we learn and the stronger we get".

"It is very special to win here and we will have a fun night and then enough time to prepare for Canada". 25 points is a long way away - it's hard to get just six points.

"We still came away from here with some points".

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