Kimi Raikkonen admits he is becoming increasingly frustrating with his failure to improve his qualifying performances as he left himself with work to do in the Monaco Grand Prix from the third row.
Already on the back foot when he crashed in FP3, Raikkonen was another driver to blame a failure to get necessary heat into the tyres during qualifying as he was demoted behind the Red Bulls in sixth position.
Six tenths slower than Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel, it is not the first time this season that Raikkonen has failed to get the most from his car over a single lap, issues that aren't lost on the Finn, particularly at a venue like Monaco.
“It's difficult because obviously tomorrow's race is going to be tricky. We seem to manage to get it wrong every race, so we need to work on something to try to improve it. We don't put ourselves in very good positions for Sundays and obviously it makes our races difficult. “
“When you are stuck behind you spend time trying to get past cars and then you miss out on the fight at the front, but it's part of the game.”
With Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat directly in front, Raikkonen is pinning his hopes on a strong start to give him the chance of leapfrogging them.
“Obviously it's difficult to overtake here, so it's not a very happy day. It is what it is right now and we try to make a good start and go from there tomorrow, but obviously it is going to be a long race if we are stuck behind some cars. We will try to make the maximum out of it whatever happens tomorrow.”