Kimi Raikkonen secured his second podium finish of the season in Spain but was unable to take his first victory since returning to the Scuderia Ferrari team, being denied by Max Verstappen at the end of a thrilling race at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The Finnish driver now turns his attention to the much different challenge around the streets of Monaco, and Raikkonen insists that his Ferrari team should look to maximise their performance and aim to take victory in every race.
Raikkonen knows the importance of a clean weekend in Monaco, and knows that getting laps under his belt will be beneficial as the weekend goes on as the track’s grip improves.
“Monaco is a special place: it’s a bit more tricky here because it’s very tight, narrow and you have more chances to hit traffic,” said Raikkonen.
“The qualifying position is very important for the race, but our approach to this race is the same like in any other circuit. Here it’s more important to get a lot of laps, the track will change a lot during the weekend, you just have to follow where it goes. We want to make the car work well, put a good lap together and be as high up as we can.
“Our rivals have been very strong so far, we need to get stronger, if we can always take out the maximum from every qualifying and race we can be very close to them.
“I’m sure we improved a lot this year, we have a stronger package but we still have not achieved what we want for various reasons. There’s work to be done, but that’s why we are here.
“As a team our aim is to win all the time and I think we can do it, it takes time and is not going to happen in one night. We try to maximize the result every race, but we want to be first and second and will be always there fighting.”