Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen is happy with the outcome of the qualifying session ahead of the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, but the 2007 F1 champion is not allowing himself to get carried away with thoughts of victory on Sunday in Monaco, despite taking the all-important pole position on Saturday:
“It is obviously the best place to start, but it doesn’t guarantee anything for tomorrow. I’ll happily take it and it’s been a good weekend, it’s been quite OK. I was struggling a little bit in certain places but we have been working and qualifying was a little bit better. It was by no means perfect, but it was good enough and I am very happy with the car. You can always go faster here and there, but it’s normal. I was able to push and it was quite a nice straightforward qualifying. I’m happy for myself and for the team and there are no cars in front tomorrow, so I will try to make the best of it.” – Kimi Raikkonen explained, as reported by the Italian media at the end of the qualifying session which took place this afternoon on the Circuit de Monaco.
Asked to comment if whether or not Scuderia Ferrari team orders might see Kimi forced to sacrifice his position to championship leader Sebastian Vettel, the Finnish driver confirmed that he would be allowed to fight for victory in Monte Carlo: “It’s no different than any point this year or last year. What we are doing is racing for the team. We have certain rules and respect against each other, we are allowed to fight but we have to do the best we can not take each other out. I don’t know why people expect there will be something different to the last two years, nothing has changed. Will just try and make a good start.” – Kimi Raikkonen added.