For the second time in his glittering career, #Sebastian Vettel has won the #Monaco Grand Prix. The German led home teammate Kimi Raikkonen, as #Ferrari completely dominated the weekend in the French Riviera. Their first 1-2 since the controversial 2010 German Grand Prix sees the Italian team lead both championships after six races. Vettel increases his lead to 25 points over Lewis Hamilton who salvaged seventh place from a horrendous qualifying that scuppered his weekend's prospects.

Here's a lookback at the main talking points from the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix.

Are Ferrari the team to beat?

This was the first race in the season where one team was clearly ahead of the opposition.

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In each of the first five races, Mercedes GP and Ferrari have taken it in turns to hold a narrow edge over the other in both qualifying sessions and race results. This time around, the difference between the leading lights was vast.

Mercedes struggled all weekend. A set-up gamble backfired after leading the initial practice session on Thursday and they never really recovered. Valtteri Bottas finished off the podium in fourth position and with Hamilton's issues, it meant no rostrum for the first time for the Silver Arrow since last season's infamous wipeout on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix.

By contrast, Ferrari are brimming with confidence and it showed. Vettel was in impeccable form once again and Raikkonen looked in his prime for the first time since rejoining Ferrari three years ago.

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The Finn ended his pole position drought on Saturday to take the coveted top spot. Kimi's last pole was the 2008 French Grand Prix. To demonstrate how long ago that was; 'Viva la Vida' was about to become no.1 in the music charts, Greece were still champions of international European football and Gordon Brown was the UK's prime minister!

Vettel looked the faster though by a shade throughout the weekend and he demonstrated this on raceday. He stayed out six laps longer than Raikkonen during the one and only pitstop round and used the overcut to jump ahead. Kimi looked miffed on the podium afterwards but he can have no complaints. He was beaten on the day by a faster driver.

Nevertheless, Ferrari's first win in Monaco since Michael Schumacher's 2001 triumph will mean a great party to enjoy before the next race in Canada. At the moment, they are the team to beat.

A Sunday procession

Considering the likes of multiple Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, Olympic medallist Mark Cavendish and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho were among the VIPs, this sadly wasn't an Olympic race.

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Monaco can either provide classic and bonkers races like the 1982, 1996 and 2008 editions or processional, follow-the-leader contests such as the 1994, 2007 and 2009 versions. The 2017 race - the 75th Grand Prix around Monte Carlo will fit into the latter category sadly.

Not a single overtaking move in the race was noted, and when attempts did occur they were rash, clumsy moves that never looked like working. Jenson Button's attempt to dive inside Pascal Wehrlein on Lap 61 at Portier was ambitious to say the least. The result saw the Sauber turned upside down, the Safety Car deployed and a bent McLaren front suspension which ended Button's frustrating one-off race whilst Fernando Alonso is attempting to conquer America this weekend at the Indy 500.

Sergio Perez did the same. The Mexican fancied an attack on Daniil Kvyat at La Rascasse; a move that only looked like ending in contact. It left Kvyat out of the race, Perez out of the points for the first time in 15 events and a feeling of missed opportunities for both Toro Rosso and Force India.

This race won't be fondly remembered for an all-action festival, but you will always get 2/3 of these events over the course of a season.

Can Lewis bounce back?

Saturday in Monaco is so often a decisive day. Qualifying is basically 85% of the race. Start in the midfield and with overtaking opportunities limited, your race will be badly compromised. That is what happened to Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton complained all weekend that his tyres were worn out and grip levels were extremely poor. This was the Russia-spec Hamilton, not the Spain-spec Hamilton performing. Despite his concerns, he should have made the top 10 in qualifying. Stuffed by a late accident for Stoffel Vandoorne in Q2, it left him high and dry in 13th and bitterly frustrated.

To his credit, he showed a calm attitude to the race, didn't do anything rash and bagged six vital points for seventh spot. And if he wins the title by six points, this result could be very crucial as the season unfolds.

Canada has been a happy hunting ground for Hamilton over the years, with five wins at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve. He can bounce back, but with Vettel having a healthy lead will want to start reducing the gap again in a fortnight's time.