Ferarri’s Formula 1 team switched pit stop strategies during the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, allowing Sebastian Vettel to win rather than his teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel and Raikkonen both denied claims from fellow racer Lewis Hamilton that this was an attempt to increase their chances of winning the 2017 championship. Both teammates insisted this is common and teams often let a second racer win if they are driving better that day. This is not indicative of a trend for Ferarri. Raikkonen also commented that his post-race demeanor was only due to finishing second and not his teammate outperforming him.
- But when it comes to that point in the season, when one guy has a chance and the other guy doesn’t have chance, it’s normal.
- Raikkonen cut a disconsolate figure on the Monaco podium but he insists he was not frustrated with the team but rather with that fact he had finished second.
- Raikkonen, whose contract expires at the end of the season, suggested he has crystallised his plans for 2018 but was remaining tight-lipped.
“Raikkonen cut a disconsolate figure on the Monaco podium but he insists he was not frustrated with the team but rather with that fact he had finished second.”