It's a Ferrari one-two finish on the glamorous streets of Monte Carlo.

Under the stunning cerulean skies of the Cote d'Azur, with it's breathtaking turquoise waters and an almost tropical climate, the backdrop and buzzing atmosphere for the Monaco Grand Prix was full of its usual glitz and glamour on Sunday afternoon. The second smallest principality in the world was once again host to a magnificent spectacle of what is is arguably the most prestigious race of the Formula One calendar and one that every F1 driver dreams of winning one day. With the super yachts of the uber rich lined up side by side and bobbing up and down in the harbour, the build up to the ninety minute race on the Circuit de Monaco was as thrilling and exciting as ever.

In qualifying, the Ice Man Kimi Raikkonen put on a very impressive display of driving in his Ferrari and was awarded pole position, the first in nine years for the Finn with his last pole being back in 2008 at the French grand Prix. His teammate Sebastien Vettel was in second place with the Ferrari team dominating the circuit and Valterri Bottas taking third in his Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton was poor in both practice sessions and was only able to manage thirteenth place on the grid after a succession of tyre issues combined with errors out on the track. He was overheard on his radio speaking to his engineer Peter Bonningham when he said, "I've got no grip Bono. I've got to come in. Something is just not right with the car". Jenson Button, who during his career lived in Monaco for seventeen years, made a one-off return to F1 to race for McLaren Honda in place of Fernando Alonso whilst he took part in the Indianapolis 500. After a problem with the engine of Button's McLaren was detected during practise, changes to the car were unavoidable and strict penalties were given due to the team having used too many engine parts and Button was forced to commence his race from the pits with a fifteen point deduction. That just left Verstappen in fourth, Ricciardo in fifth and both of the Toro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat finishing in seventh and eighth positions. Force India's Esteban Ocon did not have a great practice session and crashed at the second chicane, smashing in to the barrier and breaking his right front suspension.

An extremely fitting minutes silence took place just before the race began on Sunday in honour of those that tragically lost their lives in the Manchester bombing last week. The race began and with Raikkonen on pole, he made an exceptionally clean getaway and lurched out into the lead with Vettel a close second. Hamilton, who started thirteenth in his Mercedes, managed to gain a place early on by passing Stoffel Vandoorne. A bit of drama occured within a mere fifteen minutes of the race when Wehrlein and Button became dangerously close to colliding with each other in the pits and race control announced that they were investigating the incident as an 'unsafe release'. Shortly afterwards, Wehrlein was given a five second penalty for his error. Nico Hulkenberg was forced to retire before the halfway point when smoke was spotted billowing from the back of his Renault caused by devastating gearbox issues.

Raikkonen was called into the pits on Lap 34 even though he did not appear to be experiencing any kind of problem and had maintained his lead up to this point in the race. He was slowed down by traffic coming out of the pits and rejoined the race in third position. It was not until a further five laps later that Vettel made his pit-stop allowing him to fly around the circuit flat-out at an electrifying pace and ultimately gain a two second lead which led to him winning the race. Much controversy has surrounded the Ferrari team over the past few days with many fans and indeed the drivers themselves speculating as to whether or not these pit-tactics were orchestrated and that the Scuderia had orchestrated the decision to let Vettel pass his teammate. Hamilton himself expressed his belief that Vettel is being favoured and that "Ferrari have chosen their Number One driver". Certainly it was never in doubt that Vettel would take the chequered flag once he had gained the lead and it was Kimi Raikonnen who got the raw end of the deal after the pit-stop fiasco.

On Lap 64 Jenson Button had yet another tangle with Wehrlein of Sauber when he accidentally tipped the Sauber in to the wall which culminated in the German being trapped in his cockpit against the barrier but was mercifully unharmed. Button had been attempting to overtake the Sauber at the Portier corner but the cars unfortunately collided causing great concern over Wehrlein aggravating a previous neck injury he had sustained from a crash in the Race of Champions in December. On the incredibly narrow streets of Monte Carlo combined with the fact the this season's cars are far wider than before, overtaking was virtually impossible and many a collision with another car or barrier was witnessed by the drivers during their mentally demanding 78 laps. Sadly this lack of the drivers being able to pass each other and perform an overtaking manoeuvre has led to the Monaco Grand Prix looking much like a procession rather than the dynamic F1 race filled with exciting drama that we all crave.

Mercedes are struggling to make the Pirelli ultra-soft tyres work effectively for them this season and even though Hamilton made an impressive gain from starting on the grid in thirteenth place, he could not fully recover and was only able to manage a seventh place finish ending up in the points with a total of six. On a low grip and low abrasion circuit, it was never going to be Mercedes day and it was a race of damage limitation for a frustrated Lewis Hamilton. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull drove a steady and commendable race and finished on the podium in a respectful third place. Another driver who experienced an unsuccessful day was Lance Stroll as he was forced to retire his Williams car at Lap 72 with brake issues as was Daniil Kyvat who was out at Lap 32 as Perez barged him out of the way at Casino Square. Jolyon Palmer had major problems controlling his Renault and was only able to manage a seventeenth place finish. At the Swimming Pool on Lap 68, Stoffel Vandoorne crashed his McLaren prompting yet more yellow flags. In fact, it was only thirteen cars out of the twenty that started on the grid in Monaco that actually managed to successfully cross the finish line.

Perhaps it was a controversial win for Sebastien Vettel on Sunday but nonetheless, it was a phenomenal day of faultless driving by the German and an outstanding day for Ferrari who last won at Monaco in 2001 when Michael Schumacher was behind the wheel. When interviewed post-race, Vettel said "It is a fantastic weekend for Ferrari. I tried to push as hard as possible and I surprised myself a little to come out in front of Kimi". To which a very sour looking Raikonnen who, it has to be said, looked utterly dejected up on the podium, could only comment on his race experience by adding "It is second place but it does not feel that good. It is one of those days." With now only fourteen races to go and with Vettel having extended his lead over Hamilton on the championship board to twenty five points, we await the Canadian Grand Prix on the 11th of June with baited breath.