With rival, Lewis Hamilton, winning previously, the pressure was on Vettel, who didn’t start the race in pole position.

Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen, had come through qualifying to start the race at the front.

In a race played-out between the two Ferrari cars, which eventually ended with Vettel come home in a 1-2, that led to speculation that the team were under orders to let Vettel overtake his team-mate and increase his lead in the title race, something Ferrari denied.

Around the tight streets of Monte Carlo, where overtaking is extremely hard to do, the only major incident of the race, came from Britain’s Jenson Button on his comeback/stand-in race for Fernando Alonso, who was in America taking part in the Indy 500.

Button’s McLaren ended up in a major collision on the turn into the tunnel with German rider Wehrlein, which saw the car go aerial, but thankfully nobody was hurt.

Lewis Hamilton, who finished 7th, now heads to the Canadian GP on June 11th 26 points behind Vettel.