The pole position that the Monegasque achieved Charles Leclerc for the 2021 edition of the Monaco Grand Prix Puts to Ferrari in an unbeatable position to achieve victory in the most emblematic event on the calendar. But when was the last time the Scuderia celebrated a triumph on the streets of Montecarlo? It was in 2017 and the victory was achieved by the German Sebastian Vettel in a career with some controversy.
On that occasion, the Italian team bet everything on Vettel, who had reached this commitment at the head of the tournament with a six-point advantage over the English. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
Although the Finnish Kimi Raikkonen, the other Scuderia driver, appeared as a great candidate after starting from pole position by winning the classification to his teammate by 43/1000, the priorities of the Maranello team were exposed in the only pit stop that its pilots made.
Raikkonen was the first to enter the pits and his mechanics were slow 3.6 seconds to change tires. Those of Vettel, who went in search of new tires five laps later, were more efficient and delayed 2.8 seconds. Thus the German had no problems in maintaining the first place he had inherited after the stop of his teammate and achieved his 45th success in the category and the tenth for Ferrari in Monte Carlo.
With team orders banned from the 2004 Austrian GP, all eyes fell on the actions of the Italian team in the arrests. That is why Vettel not only had to talk about the importance of his victory, which allowed him to get 25 points from Hamilton, seventh after starting 13th due to a poor classification.
“There were no team orders. The better positioned of the two normally has the priority to enter the pits at the first stop. And if I had been the first, I would have taken that possibility. In this case being the second to enter benefited me. It really surprised me that it was like this. ", assured the German.
And what did Raikkonen say? Well, his words did nothing but sow more doubts: "I do not have much to say. It is a second position that does not leave me satisfied. This is the way things are sometimes. It's one of those days when you feel like you should have accomplished something more… Obviously the team had their reasons for stopping me when they did. But I am not the one who has to answer ”.
Beyond this suspect victory, Ferrari's performance was excellent. With Hamilton in the middle of the pack, the Rossa men did not have too much work as the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) followed them, but without being a great danger. In fact, the Nordic lost the last step of the podium before the best rhythm of the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull).
For the memory will remain the curious accident of the German Pascal Wherlain about the end of the race. His Sauber ended up against Portier's guard-raid leaning only on his two left wheels after a touch with the Englishman Jenson Button (McLaren), who returned to the activity to fill the position of the Spanish Fernando Alonso (He preferred to run the Indianapolis 500).