Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen

The Morning After: Kimi, Sebastian is faster than you!

Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen

And thus the streak of super-awkward Monaco podiums continues.

In 2015 it was Lewis Hamilton. 2016, Daniel Ricciardo. This year it was Kimi Raikkonen’s turn, albeit with one extra twist – knowing where to point the finger is a lot more difficult.


Judging by his body language throughout the podium ceremony (who knew the Iceman could get even icier?), Raikkonen seemed to believe his P2 was the result of a conscious decision by Ferrari to overcut Sebastian Vettel in order to assist his push for the driver’s championship.

On the flip side, pitting a team’s leader first is about as routine as strategy gets, and the Scuderia certainly weren’t the only ones to do it, so who does Kimi have to blame really, other than himself?

After all, short of Max Verstappen peeing in the Red Bull pool, his team had no impetus to screw him over – clearly they thought it was the best strategy, is it really so hard to believe Ferrari did also?

Vettel earned the victory by making the most of his temporary clean air, putting together a series of brilliant laps on 30-lap old tyres. And anyway, it’s not his job to let Kimi win.

If there’s a bright side for Kimi and his legions of fans, it’s this: the season is far from over, and while he might not be on Vettel’s level, he’s still in with an excellent shot at more wins. The Ferrari is clearly a superb car, and if he can muster more days like Saturday, who’s to bet against him?

Unfortunately outside of the tiff at Ferrari Monaco wasn’t exactly a race to write home about. Passing is hard here at the best of times, but with even wider cars this year all we got were a series of ham-fisted moves that ended up with one or both cars retiring.

Jenson Button using Pascal Wehrlein to erect a tribute to Houston rapper Paul Wall’s 2005 single Sittin’ Sidewayz was particularly egregious, and will probably be the most indelible image from the race.

That said, there were a few unheralded performances that deserve plaudits, namely Carlos Sainz and the two boys at Haas.

Sainz was absolutely on it all weekend, his P6 adding to an increasingly impressive resume, while Romain Grosjean (P8) and Kevin Magnussen (P10) scored the first ever double-points finish for Haas, with Magnussen particularly impressive despite some major mid-race setbacks.

With the “crown jewel” of the F1 calendar done and dusted, F1 can return to actual racing in Montreal. Can Mercedes bounce back? Will Kimi still be miserable? We’ll find out in two weeks.