Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed that a gearbox problem was responsible for his early exit from second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Raikkonen seemed to lose the throttle just as competitors started to venture out on the intermediate tyres in FP2. Although he managed to limp back to the pit in his Ferrari F14 T, he only did four laps and consequently ended the session slowest.

However, with conditions only improving right at the end, this at least negated some of the disadvantage. Furthermore given he ended FP1 in sixth on a 1m 19.467s and did 31 laps it wasn't all bad, although he was over half a second off Fernando Alonso in the sister car in that opening session.

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"Unfortunately, the bad weather affected this first day of practice and halved the possibility to complete the work we had planned," Raikkonen reflected.

"In the morning, on the dry track, we tried various set-up options, without encountering any particular problems, apart from a lack of grip at the front under braking."

"In the afternoon, we made a few changes to improve the balance of the car, but having waited almost an hour before being able to go out on track, a problem with the gearbox prevented me from completing the session," the Finn added.

"On Saturday we will [now] try and make the most of FP3 to complete our programme for qualifying, which we know is the key factor here."

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At least Ferrari picked one of the least overly whiny drivers on the grid. While it can never be accounted for, history has shown that luck in F1 seems to balance out over time, no matter what. converse to Kimi, just look at Vettel, he had to drop that years-old rabbit's foot eventually. So I still have hope.