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Ferrari still have an advantage, despite “far from ideal” result in Spain

Post-race interviews for the Spanish Grand Prix have revealed that Ferrari’s attitude to next fortnight’s Monaco Grand Prix seems to be more positive than that of Mercedes, despite the latter taking a 1-2 victory in Barcelona.

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Maurizio Arrivabene (far left) and Sebastian Vettel (centre) during Thursday practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Post-race interviews for the Spanish Grand Prix have revealed that Ferrari’s attitude to next fortnight’s Monaco Grand Prix seems to be more positive than that of Mercedes, despite the latter taking a 1-2 victory in Barcelona.

 

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen described Ferrari’s performance in the Spanish Grand Prix as “far from ideal”, with Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene sharing similar views, calling Spain a weekend where “nothing went right.”

In the end, Vettel’s P4 finish was the only points Ferrari could collect in Spain, eventually leaving them 27 points behind Mercedes in the Constructors Championship.

“We will savour the result this evening,” Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff said of his team’s first 1-2 finish of the 2018 season.

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From left-to-right, Lewis Hamilton (left), Toto Wolff (centre) and Valtteri Bottas (right) celebrate their victory in the Spanish Grand Prix.

“I’m really, really happy,” added race-winner Lewis Hamilton, who extended his Drivers World Championship lead to 17 points during the Barcelona weekend.

But, despite the clear disparity between race results for Ferrari and Mercedes – their attitude’s toward the next race in Monaco seem to be very opposed.

“I see no reason for not being optimistic for the next race,” said a defeated, yet confident Sebastian Vettel following his result in Spain. Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene added, “we will prepare for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix, in a professional, determined and confident manner.”

Ferrari enjoyed success in Monaco during 2017, as Sebastian Vettel took a stunning race win ahead of team-mate Raikkonen back in P2.

Mercedes’ approach to Monaco is rather different, despite their dominance of the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Sebastian Vettel on-track during the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix.

“The next race in Monaco could be difficult for us,” said Valtteri Bottas.

“Our thoughts are already turning to Monaco, to the struggles we had there last year,” added Toto Wolff.

In 2017, Mercedes failed to make the podium of the historic race on the Monte Carlo streets, with a P4 and P7 finish for Bottas and Hamilton, respectively.

It seems Mercedes and Ferrari are both approaching the Grand Prix with historic success in mind, instead of their respective current form.

And that means, Ferrari have a more positive and success-orientated approach to the Monaco Grand Prix, set to get underway on the 27th of May.

It may just be the advantage they need to wrestle back control of Formula 1.

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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