Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel wins 2017 Monaco Grand Prix

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has picked up his third victory of the new Formula 1 season after claiming first place in the Monaco Grand Prix this afternoon.

The race was always going to feature only one pit stop and there was speculation before the race over whether Ferrari would find a way to engineer the strategy to allow Vettel to win.

Vettel resumed ahead of his colleague and was able to control proceedings and take the chequered flag, opening up a 25-point lead over Hamilton in the drivers' championship.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland leads the start during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

With the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen in second place, Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo took the final spot at the podium. "I would feel exactly the same, one hundred per cent the same".

While Raikkonen was clearly unhappy with the strategy during the race, when Vettel was asked if Ferrari had planned to give him a chance to jump his team-mate at some stage, the German replied: "Not really". Four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel holds a slender six-point lead on three-time champion Lewis Hamilton.

Jenson Button retired on lap 58 after sustaining suspension damage during a botched attempted overtake of Pascal Wehrlein at Portier that saw the latter's vehicle flipped sideways into the barrier. "I had nothing to worry about at that point, I lost the position so I just brought it back today".

"It doesn't feel bad good", Raikkonen said. "Obviously they had reasons for it, but it is not up to me to answer".

Sebastian Vettel won and Kimi Raikkonen finished second, and this was the 90th time in history that Ferrari achieved a "one-two" victory, and the first one after 7 long years.

Nico Rosberg, the reigning world champion who was conducting the post-race interviews, said: "I know how it feels".

With his form slumping after he lost out on the lead, Raikkonen also admits he was simply looking to bring the auto home rather than attempt to challenge Vettel for the win.

The spanner in the works could come from a number of sources, not least Valtteri Bottas, who has all the makings of 'doing another Sochi', a move that would not only damage Vettel but also those sections of the British media that continue to demand Mercedes concentrates its efforts on Hamilton. He dropped to the second place after changing of tires, but as we said some saw a conspiracy in this situation. But it was the Dutchman who pitted first for fresh supersoft tyres, on lap 32, followed by Bottas on 33. I've never seen a auto go up on its side before. "Our job is to analyse what happened to us this weekend and then to understand it".

"The Ferrari seems to work everywhere so these next 14 races are going to be very hard".

Indeed much of the paddock had been in agreement before the race that the Italian team would ensure Vettel, rather than Raikkonen, who is a distant fourth in the championship, would receive the winner's trophy from Prince Albert of Monaco here on Sunday.