10 June, 2017
Vettel was quick to play down claims he is being favoured by the Scuderia bosses, but Hamilton said: "It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their number one driver". "They are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise on all of his weekends".
Mercedes, winners of the last three drivers' and constructors' titles and 54 of 64 races before the Monaco weekend, have also won half of this season's races but with both of their drivers tasting victory rather than just one.
"I can stop the auto if I like [in the pits] as I am driving it, but we work as a team and if you don't believe what you have been told or how it works it will get very complicated".
"You'd rather have 2 points or 4 points rather than none because this might make all the difference at the end of the season when it gets tight in the championship", Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said.
"They are finally where we were back in the days when you finish one and two and you have to explain why the right guy won", Wolff said.
He had been called in first for his pitstop and released into traffic, losing precious time while Vettel stayed out for five laps more and banged in a series of quick laps before pitting and then coming out ahead.
But he stopped short of saying his disappointment was a result only of the team's overall pit-stop strategy.
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"I was surprised myself when I came out ahead", Vettel said.
"My compliments to the drivers and, once again, the whole team, both those at the track and the individuals that work so hard each and every day back in Maranello on a auto that is finally giving our tifosi the satisfaction they deserve".
Team mate Kimi Raikkonen, on pole for the first time in nine years, lost out in the pitstops but secured a Ferrari one-two with Hamilton finishing seventh for Mercedes after starting 13th.
When he was asked directly if he thought Ferrari's strategy had cost him victory, he added: "I haven't seen what happened, I only know what happened when I was in the auto but I haven't seen the bigger piucture".
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"As we get on top of that ultrasoft then it puts us in a much better position to attack", he said.
Brazilian Felipe Massa was ninth for Williams and Denmark's Kevin Magnussen took the final point for Haas. We try to find the auto that is fine, then it's your choice. He consoled him at the post-race interviews. Watch on Sky Sports F1 on Wednesday, 8:30pm.