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F1 Monaco GP: Raikkonen admits 'there’s a lot to improve'

Kimi Raikkonen lambasts 'crazy questions' after Ferrari struggles to make its mark on day one of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen has confirmed team-mate Sebastian Vettel's claim that Ferrari is not where it ought to be after day one of the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Finn's day was almost the reverse of Vettel's with a better afternoon session than morning, but he could still only manage the seventh-best time in FP2, putting him behind an assortment of Red Bulls, Mercedes and Toro Rossos. Asked whether it had been a normal day of practice, or a bad day of practice, Raikkonen looked perplexed.

“It is what it is right now and we had a better afternoon than morning,” he confirmed, “Still, there's a lot to improve, for sure, but hopefully we'll improve where we need to. This is not the easiest place when things are not exactly as you want them, but 'mistakes'? You put it like it's a massive issue, but people make mistakes and that's fine in practice.

“I don't understand how you make such a question... it's crazy questions what you're asking… It's just practice, it wasn't an ideal first day of running, but many haven't been ideal before. We have some work to do, [but] don't try to make a bigger story out of it than it is!”

Unlike Vettel, Raikkonen insisted that his side of the garage had made gains during the second 90 minutes of running, and lauded the addition of Pirelli's new ultrasoft tyre alongside the familiar soft and supersoft this weekend.

“The afternoon was a lot better than the morning, so that shows we went in the right direction with the set-up changes we made,” he pointed out, “This is the first time we've run [the ultrasofts] in race conditions, and I think they're as good as they can be. They're the best tyres for this track and much better than anything else we're running here, but we still have to find a better way to make the most out of all compounds.

“I was also pretty satisfied with the long run I did with the supersofts, but this is not the easiest track to get things working at 100 per cent and, today, we didn't manage to get everything out of the car.”


Tagged as: Ferrari , Kimi Raikkonen , Monaco

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26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
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28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Riccardo Adami (ITA) Ferrari Race Engineer, 2nd place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner and 3rd place Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H race winner
28.05.2017 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
28.05.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 retires from the race
28.05.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010
28.05.2017 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
28.05.2017 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB13, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
28.05.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA, Chase Carey (USA) Formula One Group Chairman, Charlene Wittstock Princess of Monaco and S.A.S. Prince Albert II

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