What serendipity that the removal of Raikkonen allowed the championship leader to bash out the quick laps necessary while his team-mate was laboring behind a slower auto. I was surprised when I came out ahead.
Although Vettel denied it was a prearranged team plan, Raikkonen wasn't convinced.
"I feel pretty good". It was the Ricciardo's second podium result in as many races.
Lewis Hamilton was happy to climb from thirteenth on the grid to finish seventh in the Monaco Grand Prix to limit the damage in the championship, with his result better than he had expected beforehand.
The race resumed six laps after the extraordinary incident, but Daniel Ricciardo, despite kissing the barriers at turn one, held off Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen to take the final spot on the podium, while Hamilton was unable to do anything about Carlos Sainz as he crossed the line in a lowly seventh place.
Hamilton won in China and Spain while Valtteri Bottas, who joined from Williams in January to replace 2016 champion Nico Rosberg, triumphed in Russian Federation for his first career victory.
"It was not a happy vehicle, that's for sure", said Hamilton. "But I can understand he is a bit more upset".
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The next race is the Canadian GP in two weeks' time, and all eyes will be on Mercedes in practice and qualifying.
After three years of unbroken supremacy, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said Monday that he relishes the idea that his champions are now underdogs in this year's Formula One title battle. As a matter of fact, I think we have been that since the beginning of the season.
Sebastian Vettel started second but he changed halfway through the 78-lap race.
But the afternoon wasn't entirely devoid of drama.
Wehrlein's auto was resting precariously on its side on the entrance to the tunnel and the German was trapped in his seat.
Wehrlein declared himself unhurt after finally being extricated from his mangled vehicle while Button was also forced to park up with suspension damage.
Wehrlein said:"Clearly this corner is no place to overtake, so it was a silly move", Wehrlein said. Marcus Ericsson crashed his Sauber and McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne followed suit moments later. Five laps later, Vettel pitted but returned to the track ahead of teammate Raikkonen. It was the ideal end to a flawless day for the Scuderia - if not by entirely ideal means.
Not quite. Comeback driver Jenson Button's McLaren got into the side of Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein, tipping it on its side into a barrier and bringing out the safety auto, and bunching the field.