Mark Webber: Vettel would ‘block’ Hamilton move to Ferrari

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   Lewis Hamilton's hopes of a move to Ferrari could be scuppered by Vettel

Lewis Hamilton will line up third on the grid after setting a time 0.422s off Ricciardo.

Pirelli F1 boss Mario Isola said he had not expected most teams to choose the two softest tyres for the race, and had been expecting most to switch from the hyper-soft to the more durable super-soft for their second stint.

"That is right up there with what Schumacher did in 1995 and this is payback for 2016".

Lewis Hamilton heads into the Monaco Grand Prix - which former world champion Nico Rosberg has called "the most hard race of the year" - atop the rankings after his win in Barcelona earlier this month. Schumacher won in Belgium in 1995 with a famously defensive drive on dry tyres in the wet.

"I've done some things differently, but in a way it's kind of been better for me at the track and I've put more energy into the racing and less elsewhere", he added.

"He was not going to give this race up this weekend". "You just need to keep it smooth, keep focused".

He said: "He is driving well and Red Bull have got the best auto here". "Negative", came the reply.

He will now start from the back of the field, on a track where overtaking is extremely hard. For lap after lap, he kept the gap. We had problems. I don't know how much the [team] radio broadcast.

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     Sebastian Vettel could scupper a Hamilton move to Ferrari
GETTY Sebastian Vettel could scupper a Hamilton move to Ferrari

Ricciardo was told by his race engineer the problem would not improve, with the Australian left to try to cope with his auto with still over half of the race left to go. He lost the MGU-K 17 or 18 laps into the race.

'He is in tremendous shape, driving incredibly well - as we saw with his win last time out in Barcelona - and he has got the team around him. "Thanks to the team".

Vettel said it had been a tricky race and "Daniel had the answer at all times". They were telling me on the intercom that we were going to have to retire the vehicle in one or two laps and I said look, we're in the lead of the Monaco Grand Prix, we're keeping going.

That VSC was caused by Charles Leclerc enduring a brake failure and steaming into the back of Brendon Hartley as they exited the tunnel, in a race that scarcely created drama and produced 19 finishers. Kimi Raikkonen, who took pole position a year ago, had to settle for fourth place, just 0.034s off Hamilton and 0.175s clear of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

French driver Esteban Ocon took his Force India to sixth place, ahead of compatriot Pierre Gasly in a Toro Rosso and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg.

Ricciardo, points leader Lewis Hamilton and series runner-up Sebastian Vettel are even on victories, and Riccardo left Monaco with more than double the points total of his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen.

Ricciardo had already smashed the all-time track record repeatedly in practice before qualifying in 1:10.810. Carlos Sainz took the final point on offer in the second Renault.

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