Scuderia Ferrari had a rough outing to Monaco this past weekend, with Sebastian Vettel turning up fourth and Kimi Raikkonen crashing out early in wet conditions.
The entire grid started on wet tires due to the poor track conditions, however Vettel was one of the first drivers to pit for Intermediates once the surface began to dry. It proved to be a good strategy call, but the German was unable to capitalize after becoming stuck behind Williams’ Felipe Massa – who was still on the wet tires.
Vettel was frustrated with himself after the race, saying it was his fault he couldn’t get past the Williams despite the tight confines of the Monaco circuit.
“Again, we catch the group of Rosberg on the extreme [wets] and when they pitted then we kept on catching the leaders at that point [also] on extreme tyres because we were on intermediates on a drying track,” he told Autosport.”But it didn’t happen, that is a missed opportunity and I mostly blame myself but the team did a great job to get us in front of the Mercedes [of Rosberg].
Vettel cleared Massa once the Williams had pitted, but the Ferrari driver had already lost too much time. Despite being much faster, he was unable to catch Force India’s Sergio Perez, who earned an unexpected podium Sunday. Raikkonen, meanwhile, understeered wide in wet conditions on Lap 10 and damaged the front end of his car, forcing him to retire.
Mercedes-Benz’s Lewis Hamilton, who jumped into the lead after an extremely slow pit stop from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, won the race. The usually chipper Ricciardo finished second, but was none too happy with his Red Bull crew post-race, telling them to “save it,” and that “nothing (the team) can say could make it better.”