Vettel leads Ferrari party as Raikkonen chafes

Schumacher, the sport's most successful driver who won five of his seven titles with Ferrari from 2000-2004, famously built a team around him and was seen as the clear number one at Maranello. The leading vehicle, is very hard for him to get jumped unless the team decide to favor the other auto, so it's great for him.

Vettel won in Monaco, beating his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen into second place, although Ferrari's pit strategy was interpreted as deliberately favouring the German.

Raikkonen led for the first 35 laps of the race with Vettel following close behind, the lead auto generally gets preference on stops and the former was called in first for his first and only stop of the race. As a team result, a one and two is good.

It seemed to be a case of the Ferrari team giving preferential treatment to Vettel with Raikkonen's stop looking like it came far too early. It might be the other way."So yes, we are the underdog and we need to catch up".

Once-dominant Mercedes are now the underdogs in the Formula One title race, team boss Toto Wolff said after rivals Ferrari took a resounding one-two in Monaco on Sunday. They needed to pit one of the two drivers and put him on the supersoft and how it all panned out, the supersoft was not quick enough and Sebastian was able to pull out some stunning laps on the used ultrasoft and that gave him the advantage over Kimi.

But his team are not likely to follow Ferrari's example and use team orders to favour one driver in the world championship.

Vettel, a four-time world champion and first Ferrari victor in Monaco since Schumacher, has now won three of the six races to Hamilton's two.

Lewis Hamilton was happy to climb from thirteenth on the grid to finish seventh in the Monaco Grand Prix to limit the damage in the championship, with his result better than he had expected before hand. "It's how it goes sometimes".

"Of course I can't afford another weekend like this, at the going rate with the Ferraris quick", he admitted "But because you can't afford something doesn't mean it is not going to happen". We are under no illusion, we are not ideal and we have still got areas to improve on.

"I still believe we can win this thing".

"Trust me, I will be pushing, and the guys will be pushing, to fully understand it because we don't want to be in this position again", said Briton Hamilton, adding that to be 25 points behind was quite a gap to make up. "But bit-by-bit we will try and chip away at it".

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.