Formula 1 loves a good favouritism story, especially when it involves Ferrari. It was a constant theme across the Michael Schumacher-Rubens Barrichello partnership, sometimes going so far as to imply that Schumacher’s success was solely a product of Barrichello’s subservience. In fact, so much of an issue has been made out of Ferrari’s imposition of team orders that the F1 Sporting Regulations around them have been changed several times in the past two decades.
It seems this obsessions continues. From the moment Kimi Raikkonen took pole ahead of Sebastian Vettel at the 2017 Monaco GP, commentators queried whether Ferrari would somehow switch them to hand Vettel the win and maximize his chances in what is so far a close battle with Lewis Hamilton for the driver’s championship. When Raikkonen then pitted first from the lead in the race and Vettel put in enough fast laps to build a gap that enabled him to emerge ahead of his teammate after his own pitstop, commentary immediately suggested this was a deliberate tactic, even a fait accompli.
However, the evidence doesn’t support this. Continue reading “What we saw at the 2017 Monaco GP was not Ferrari favouring Vettel for the championship”