Kimi Raikkonen will start tomorrow's Monaco Grand Prix from sixth on the grid but after this afternoon's qualifying session the Finn admitted that he is still struggling to get the most from his Ferrari.

Raikkonen, who won in Monaco in 2005, has struggled all season with front grip issues said that the problem is still affecting him in Monaco. Raikkonen commented that the balance changed throughout the session and that he is continuing to fight the car on every lap.

"The beginning of qualifying was a bit better and it seems to get more tricky [through the session]," Raikkonen said. "It has been a difficult weekend so far and I've just been fighting with the car all the time and we missed the second practice which didn't help.

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"It's not really setup but it seems that we don't get the tyres to work really well and we struggle with the front and at a place like this if you don't have a feeling with the front it's difficult. At a normal circuit you can push more easily and you might run wide but here there's no second chance. It's just been difficult and sixth isn't a disaster, it's just not where we want to be."

With a new track surface for this season's race Raikkonen went on to say that the track is not as grippy as in the past but that even taking the track surface changes into account that the biggest obstacle for him is simply getting the tyres into their optimum working range.

"It feels very tricky for me but I don't know if it's me or the car. It's difficult for us to get the tyre working to its full potential and for sure this year the track is more slippery than in the past but it's the same for everybody. If your car works well it's easier in this kind of place and when you can get the tyres working and are 100% happy with the car it can make a big difference here."

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It's pretty obvious Kimi hasn't driven to his potential this year, but he seems to be making constant progress. The fact that he's closing on Alonso while still contending with problems shows me that they're working on them in the right way. It's starting to look like a question of when, not if Kimi will get a setup he likes, which would easily allow him to challenge or even beat Alonso finally.