Kimi Raikkonen says he is keen to put the Monaco Grand Prix behind him as he focuses on trying to make up ground in the F1 title race in Canada next weekend.
The Lotus man missed out on a top five finish in the principality after contact with Sergio Perez caused a puncture, although he stormed back to secure a point on the final lap after passing Nico Hulkenberg for tenth spot.
Despite that, Raikkonen slipped to 21 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the title race and was clearly angered by Perez's driving, telling the BBC
that he felt the McLaren man 'needed to be punched' having been involved in a number of aggressive overtaking moves over the course of the race.
However, Raikkonen said he was now seeking to put the Monaco event behind him, with his focus on trying to close the gap to Vettel when the action gets underway in Montreal.
“We had a bad result on Sunday in Monaco; that was clear for anyone to see,” he said. “It could have been even worse, but it could have been much better as well. We came out with one point so at least we got something back after losing the solid fifth place, but that's not much consolation.
“No-one wants to lose so many points thanks to the actions of another driver, but that race is over. Monaco is just a distant memory and I'm all ready for Canada. I have won there which was pretty good, but I have experienced some setbacks there as well. Many times the race has been quite a lottery as there seem to be different things that affect it. The weather can change a lot, sometimes the tyres or the track aren't working very well, sometimes there are a lot of safety cars, or sometimes another driver runs into the back of you when you're waiting at a red light…”
Admitting that a good set-up would be key to his chances of success, Raikkonen also insisted that Lotus needed to try and secure a return to the kind of form it displayed prior to Monaco to give him the best chance of success.
“Like at every circuit you need to get the set-up exactly right,” he said. “You need a well-balanced chassis in the medium downforce configuration and you don't want to be too hard on brakes as there's a lot of aggressive braking there. It's something I quite enjoy, the stop and go style of the circuit.
“For sure we lost ground on the lead in Monaco, but it's not over yet. It's still early in the season and twenty-one points behind is not too much to catch up; especially if Sebastian has a bad weekend too at some point. The most important thing is that we return to our race level before Monaco to get things going our way as soon as possible.”