Kimi Raikkonen: “Today it was getting better and better”

Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest in Monaco on Thursday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kimi Raikkonen ended the first day of practice for the Monaco Grand Prix with the third fastest time, with the Finn showing signs of improvement throughout the day in the principality.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver finished seventh in the morning session with a time of 1:14.164s but improved to a 1:13.283s in the afternoon to move up the order, finishing behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Raikkonen was happy that changes made to his SF70H during the day seemed to work to make the car faster, and only small things will need to be changed between today and Saturday.

“Today it was getting better and better and that’s the main thing,” admitted Raikkonen. “We made smooth progress; in the long runs the feeling with the car was good, while on the shorter ones we still have to improve a little bit.

“We made some changes and it got better all the times. We only need to work on small things to get a nicer feeling all the time and see once we push where we end up on Saturday.

“For sure it will be close between quite a few cars and so we obviously we need to do a good job.”