Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that eighth place was the best he could do on Sunday in Monte Carlo after his gaff in qualifying left him to start from 16th place overall.

The Ferrari man, who said that he knew it would be tough given the nature of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, didn't give up though - and although he couldn't match what his predecessor, Michael Schumacher did last year, when he started from the back and charged through to finish fifth, he still made it into the top eight to pick up the final point.

"We knew we were facing an uphill battle and that's how things turned out. I got a good start, quickly moving up to twelfth, but from then on I was nearly always in traffic, never getting any chance to overtake," explained the Finn.

"I never had a clear track ahead of me and it was only thanks to the strategy that I was able to make up some more places and get into the points, but I couldn't do any better."

Raikkonen now loses quite a bit of ground in the battle for the drivers' championship and while he has 23 points, his team-mate, Felipe Massa has 33, while Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso both have 38. Kimi isn't overly concerned at this stage though and with 12 more events to go you can see why.

"Obviously the situation in the classification is now a bit more complicated but there is still a long way to go in the championship and I am not the sort to give up," he pledged.

Ferrari track technical chief, Luca Baldisserri meanwhile was somewhat sympathetic, even if Kimi's qualifying error was ultimately to blame for his predicament: "Kimi faced a very difficult race starting from sixteenth place," he added. "He made a good start but then he spent nearly the whole time in traffic and the point for eighth place was the best he could do."

 

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