Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen does not think that the wider 2017 Formula One cars will make the Monaco Grand Prix a more difficult race, adding he has not noticed too much difference during the first five rounds of the F1 championship. A major part of the changes for F1’s technical regulations in 2017 meant that the cars are now 20 cm wider and bulked up to offer drivers a lot more downforce than previous years. The fact that Monte Carlo represents the tightest circuit on the calendar lead to concerns for many that racing will be even more difficult than usual due to the wider cars.
Kimi Raikkonen does not see share this point of view, saying he has not noticed any issues with car placement through the first five rounds of the season: “I don’t know. I might be wrong but I don’t think we’re going to feel an awful lot. If you purely take the circuits that we’ve been so far, the first time we run it feels different but we haven’t seen an awful lot of problems that people are accidentally off the road because the car is that much wider or something. It might be different here but usually you go off how the front tire looks and then I don’t think it has changed an awful lot between the front and rear from the past. I don’t think it’s going to be an awful lot of a problem, but I might be wrong. We will see tomorrow.” – Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen said, as reported by Tuttosport on Wednesday.
According to tradition, the first two practice sessions for the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix will take place on Thursday and not Friday, as is the case for the rest of the Formula 1 races.