Sebastian Vettel aired his sympathy towards Lewis Hamilton following his loss of the Monaco Grand Prix, even if he does point out that he at least managed to finish the race with good points.

The Ferrari driver was a beneficiary of Mercedes' decision to call Lewis Hamilton in for a late pit-stop for new rubber, getting ahead and staying in front when the race resumed with an eight lap sprint to the chequered flag.

With a heartbroken Hamilton left in third place, Vettel reflected on his previous disappointments over time, pointing out his engine blow during the Korean Grand Prix - which allowed key rival Fernando Alonso to take the win - was a particular poor moment for him.

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"I think it's normal that you have ups and downs," he said. "Probably the lowest low was in 2010 in Korea when I was in the lead and the engine blew up. Fernando, at the time, the biggest rival, three races to the end of the championship, won the race.

"That was pretty bad. We didn't finish at all. I would have been happy at that time to finish third but I think the circumstances for Lewis were totally different."

Vettel remains third in the overall standings, 28 points behind Hamilton at the top of the overall standings.