Kimi Raikkonen: “Second place is not what I was looking for


Kimi Raikkonen led early on but lost out to team-mate Sebastian Vettel during the pit stops - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kimi Raikkonen admitted he was disappointed not to win the Monaco Grand Prix, with traffic following his one and only pit stop preventing him from setting quick enough laps on fresh rubber to stay ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

The Finn was leading in the opening stages of the race, but made his team-mate earlier than his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate, but Vettel was able to take advantage of a clear track whilst Raikkonen lost time in traffic to lead once both had switch to the Supersoft tyre.

After taking his first pole position since 2008 on Saturday, Raikkonen can still take some positives away from Monaco, especially as what happened in traffic was out of his control.

“To finish first and second is what we wanted, a very good result for the whole team,” said Raikkonen. “Obviously right now I’m not very happy, because second place is not what I was looking for, but that’s how it goes.

“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.”