Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen was fifth in 1’12”54 at the end of the second practice session on the Thursday of the Monaco Grand Prix, with German team-mate Sebastian Vettel third fastest in a time of 1’12”413. Both drivers ran the Hypersoft and Ultrasoft, spending the second part of the session on long runs, followed by practice starts. The session had to be red flagged at one point for a manhole cover to be repaired between the Casino and Mirabeau corners. Track action resumes on Saturday with final free practice taking place at 12h00, followed by qualifying at 15h00. The SF71H showed a consistent pace in race-trim simulation.
“This first day was not too bad, a pretty normal Thursday.” – Kimi said. “The feeling with the car was not too bad, but this track is always quite tricky to start with, and we were trying many different things. The drive around the circuit is a bit more complicated than in other places; it’s easier to end up making a big mistake, while in a normal place you would just end in a run-off area. You need to be more careful and start pushing when you feel that everything is all right. For sure there are things to improve, but we were able to do what was planned and managed to stay out of trouble. It’s difficult to have a clear picture; in many practice sessions we have seen some cars being very fast on Friday and then in qualifying it’s a different case. Let’s wait and see what happens on Saturday.” – Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen concluded.