One of the motor sports hero Lewis Hamilton says he is convinced Ferrari have designated Sebastian Vettel as their number one driver.
Vettel won the Monaco Grand Prix after Ferrari’s pit-stop strategy helped him beat team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton said: “It’s very clear Ferrari have chosen their number one driver and are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise his points.
“It is very hard for the leading car to get jumped unless the team decide to favour the other car.”
But Hamilton said he would not be asking Mercedes to favour him in the same way over team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
“I haven’t spoken to the team and I don’t really plan to,” Hamilton said. “Valtteri has been doing a great job and I don’t currently feel we have to favour one or the other.
“It is really important we collectively work as a team more than ever before, as we have been, because our work is to beat the Ferraris in the constructors’ but there might be some things along the way positioning-wise that might become valuable.
Hamilton finished seventh in Monaco after starting 13th following a messy qualifying session in which he made a series of mistakes.