Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, left, after winning the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Sunday, May 28, 2017. The car's been very good.
For the first time in nine years, during which time 129 grands prix have passed, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen has secured pole position.
Hamilton's best mark this weekend so far was 1:13.425 when he topped P1 ahead of Vettel his title rival. But he dismissed any talk that he might receive team orders in order to make way for Vettel, who has 44 career wins.
"But it was still a bit tricky in places and quite hard to get a lap together".
There are few better places to celebrate than glitzy Monaco, and Vettel seemed keen to make the most of it.
Hamilton, shaking his head as he arrived in the Mercedes garage, will take some joy from the fact that Raikkonen rather than Vettel will start on pole.
Lewis Hamilton was seventh at the chequered flag, largely hamstrung by the tight confines of the Monaco circuit for much of the race, meaning that Vettel's championship lead now stands at 25 points. I'm deflated, but will keep pushing tomorrow. "So, we are going to prepare for the race as usual".
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"And when you see the other auto is capable of making it work and you can't think of why you aren't able to and it feels it's like a mystery, because none of us can really understand it. The champion is coming out", Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said after the session."Sebastian made a mistake in Turn Five but having two cars up there means I'm happy".
"The auto was really nice to drive".
"Tomorrow's race will clearly be a case of damage limitation for him", Wolff said.
By lap 47, Hamilton had moved to P7 after making his stop and switching into supersofts, the top ten comprised of Vettel, Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Bottas, Verstappen, Sainz, Hamilton, Grosjean, Kvyat and Vandoorne.
Hamilton was only tenth fastest at that stage, six tenths off the pace after complaining of overheating rear tyres over the team radio.
Hamilton admitted Mercedes was still struggling to understand the behaviour of the tyres, saying: "It's a very, very odd thing, because I did the same thing as I do always when I leave the garage".
Weirdly during the safety vehicle Marcus Ericsson's race ended at the first corner and as soon as the cars were released Stoffel Vandoorne crashed in the same place.
"When you don't get through to Q3, pretty much your weekend's done, and it's really about trying to recover as much as you can", said Hamilton. For him and for us.