Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen came very close to completing a perfect weekend in Monaco, after starting from pole position the race on Sunday, but in the end had to settle for second place, behind his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, who secored the win as a result of a few strong laps at the best possible time, immediately after the Maranello team pitted Kimi, in reply to Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, who went for the undercut, but were both overtaken by Daniel Ricciardo:
“To finish first and second is what we wanted, a very good result for the whole team. Obviously right now I am not very happy for me, because second place is not what I was looking for, but that’s how it goes sometimes. When you have done most of the hard work and you finish second it’s not bad, but we expected a bit more. When I came out after the pit stop I got stuck behind lapped cars and that was not ideal, but this was out of my control. At the next track in Canada the layout is completely different from here: it’s hard to predict what will happen, but let’s see.” – Kimi Raikkonen explained at the end of the race on the Circuit de Monaco, as reported by the Italian media.
“Obviously I can stop the car if I want.” – Kimi Raikkonen joked, when asked if he could have refused the instruction to pit earlier than Sebastian Vettel despite the fact that he was leading the race – “But if you do not believe what you have been told and how it will work, it will become very complicated at some point. For myself it could have been better. We have just finished the race and who knows? There’s some reason for everything that happens in life.” – the Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver concluded, as Kimi was obviously disappointed for missing out on the season-opening Australian Grand Prix back in 2013.