Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel has explained that there was no pre-determined plan in order to finish ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen as the German clinched victory at the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday.
A longer first stint from Sebastian allowed him to get back out of the pits ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and take his third victory of the 2017 season. As a result, Ferrari’s driver now has a very important 25-point lead at the top of the World Championship standings.
But Vettel revealed that he was surprised as anyone to make the race-winning over-cut work: “It feels unbelievable. It was a very intense race. I hoped to have a better launch at the start and I had to be patient. The tyres started to slide in the first stint and the pack were catching up a bit but then I had a second attempt and had a couple of laps where the car was really really good. I was able to use that window to come ahead and after that I could control the race. It was really difficult after the restart with the cold tyres.” – Sebastian Vettel explained at the end of the race, as reported by the Italian media.
“We couldn’t plan much. We tried to pull away which we did. At that point the window opened. Kimi responded to Valtteri’s stop. I tried to push as hard as possible and I was surprised to come out in front.” – the Scuderia Ferrari German driver concluded.