Monaco GP | Kimi Raikkonen – “Traffic is making it difficult here”
The Finn qualified 4th in Monaco, a track where he scored Pole position last year. The biggest issue? Tyres.
A lot was expecting from Kimi Raikkonen in Monaco as the Finn was the last Pole Man of the circuit of the Principality. Traffic didn’t make it easier for anyone, and the Ferrari driver was no exception.
“Traffic is more difficult here, all teams are out at the same time. The rest of the session wasn’t too bad, we were there, but I was struggling to have a good feeling with the tyres. It was tricky and difficult.” Said the Finn after Q3, who complained a lot about traffic and yellow flags.
Another important point for Kimi are tyres: not only he couldn’t find a good feeling with the Pirelli tyres, but when asked about the race strategies available, the Finn has been very clear:
“It’s not about the tyres ages or how long they will last. Graining is what we have to worry about.”
It is going to be a long race for the Ferrari, as it is well known that it is really difficult to overtake in Monaco, and with Lewis Hamilton in front, the podium is more difficult to achieve.
What’s for sure is that not even Mercedes could reach Red Bull’s performances, as the Austro – English team has dominated with Daniel Ricciardo all weekend long. Just the engine or they were helped by the mechanical grip? Anyway, Kimi was not surprised at all by the bulls.
“I don’t know about the engine,” said Raikkonen, “but Red Bull has been strong all weekend. It’s not a surprise.”
Red Bull is surely one step ahead compared to every other team, so Ferrari as to everything to occupy the two other position on podium. The Red car won’t even have to worry about Verstappen, who couldn’t even take part to the session, thanks to the damages he caused during the last minutes of FP3, when he crashed.
The feeling with the tyres is, then, the only issues Kimi accused. Can Ferrari have a strategy good enough to put the Finn in front of both Mercedes tomorrow?