Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen says that there will be more cars than usual in the fight for victory at the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix as Red Bull seem to be more competitive in Monte Carlo and may be able to challenge the leaders. Kimi ended the second practice session on Thursday in third place as his Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets with half a second separating the pair, while the Mercedes seemed to struggle for pace down the order in eighth and 10th position.
However, given the fact that Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo managed to finish between the two Ferrari cars, Raikkonen feels the former champions have a good shot at making it a three-way team tussle this weekend on the Circuit de Monaco: “It looks like it, yes. I definitively expected it in this kind of circuit, but we have to see how it turns out on Saturday. For sure it will be close between quite a few cars so we obviously need to make a good job out of it.” – the Finnish driver added, as reported by the Italian media.
With the Scuderia enjoying a positive result at the end of Thursday practice with both cars in the top three, Kimi remains confident in the progress the Ferrari made throughout practice and is looking forward to further improvements to combat a lack of short run pace: “I think it improved all day, it was getting better and better and I was feeling good. I was happy with the feeling in the car but in the shorter runs we have to improve a little bit. But there is time, the track always gets better on the second day and that’s the main thing. We’ll do the normal work and see where we end up on Saturday. We need to find some small things to get a nicer feeling with the car all the time and then once we’ll push we’ll see where we get.” – Kimi Raikkonen concluded, ahead of the qualifying session and the race on Sunday.