Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen is no exception and is eager to get on track for what is a truly unique event on the calendar.
“This season especially, with the new generation cars, we can expect it to be particularly exciting,” said Raikkonen on Ferrari’s official web site.
“These new cars tend to slide easily and in Monaco there’s not much room to drift off line.”
|Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari F14 T, in Barcelona. (Photo: WRi2)|
As always, the car plays an important role, but Monaco also highlights a driver’s ability. Raikkonen knows what he’s talking about since he won that race in 2005 behind the wheel of a Mercedes-powered McLaren.
“This track is unique, as you have to give your all from the first to the 78th lap,” Raikkonen explained.
“Qualifying can have a big effect on the outcome, an area on which we are doing our utmost to improve. After the last race, we stayed on in Barcelona for the test, which was reasonably positive: we had problems at the start, but by the end, I can say I was pleased with the work we managed to get through. The F14 T is improving and I am sure that, step by step, the results will come, but we must push harder to get them.”
“The Monaco race is very complicated right from Thursday morning,” the Finn explained.
“It will be vital not to lose any time in free practice, trying to do as many laps as possible to quickly get a feel for things in between the barriers. It’s difficult to do well here, but it’s enormously satisfying when you get it right,” Raikkonen said.