Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene believes the reason Mercedes lost out on a one-two in the Monaco Grand Prix was because the team overestimated its advantage and were “a bit too much convinced about their power”.
Lewis Hamilton looked to have the win in the bag and had a comfortable lead, until Mercedes made the mistake of pitting him under the safety car towards the end of the race. Hamilton rejoined in third just behind Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel and that's where he eventually finished.
Reflecting on the race, Arrivabene revealed the Scuderia did not consider bringing Vettel in for fresh tyres.
“No, actually it was the opposite and we were nervous at the beginning thinking about them to pit. We were looking for the window and our strategist said: 'We stay cool, they are doing a kind of show'.
“In any case, he said that if they come in then we would stay out. He was really straightforward on this and he was right. I know that we were lucky [to get second], I'm not telling you something different.
“[But] in my opinion, they were a bit too much convinced about their power. I recognise they are very intelligent and stronger than us, but this time we were smarter.”
Meanwhile, Mercedes accepted it was to blame for the Hamilton pit call blunder, with Toto Wolff
admitting they got the “math wrong”, while Niki Lauda
said the mistake was “unacceptable” and that there was “too much confusion”.