Kimi Räikkönen




Sebastian Vettel finished the Monaco Grand Prix in second place. The German spent all 78 laps in the slipstream of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes, managing to get ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who led for the first 65 laps, until he made a second pit stop. Vettel crossed the line 4 seconds behind the winner, having run the race at a very competitive pace. Raikkonen also fought hard all race long, showing a strong pace. This is Vettel’s fifth consecutive podium from six starts in “red.” []

Final Results:

Pos Driver Car Laps Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 78 1h49m18.420s
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 78 -8’01.379
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 78 -7’59.812
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 78 -7’53.900
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 78 -7’52.257
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 78 -7’51.519
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 78 -7’50.852
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 78 -7’49.802
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 78 -7’42.245
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 78 -7’40.809
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 78 -7’39.633
12 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 78 -7’37.450
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 78 -7’34.706
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 78 -7’20.076
15 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 77 1 Lap
16 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 76 2 Laps
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 76 2 Laps
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 62 Collision
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 41 Gearbox
Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 5 Brakes


Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 126
2 Nico Rosberg 116
3 Sebastian Vettel 98
4 Kimi Raikkonen 60
5 Valtteri Bottas 42
6 Felipe Massa 39
7 Daniel Ricciardo 35
8 Daniil Kvyat 17
9 Felipe Nasr 16
10 Romain Grosjean 16
11 Sergio Perez 11
12 Carlos Sainz 9
13 Nico Hulkenberg 6
14 Max Verstappen 6
15 Marcus Ericsson 5
16 Jenson Button 4
17 Fernando Alonso 0
18 Roberto Merhi 0
19 Will Stevens 0
20 Pastor Maldonado 0


Listen to the above team radio here.

Watch the above incident here. Listen to the team radio here.

From autosport.comKimi: “It’s not very clear what you’re allowed to do and what you’re not allowed to do because someone can get a penalty for something and another cannot. It usually is a penalty for these kind of things and this time not. There’s no certain way of what is allowed and what is not so in my view it was pretty obvious but the stewards think differently.”

From ferrari.comKimi: “We knew that after starting from sixth position it would have been a difficult race. I was all the time behind slower cars and there was no way to overtake them even if I had a much better pace. At the the pit stop we managed to pass one Red Bull, we gained one place but we lost it for a stupid reason. I was following my normal line when Ricciardo hit my rear tire and pushed me wide, regaining the position. It’s not very clear what you are allowed to do, it’s really odd but there’s nothing we can do. For the next races we have to make a better job overall to make sure we get tires working and things sorted out without mistakes on Saturday in qualifying. This will make our life a lot easier on Sunday. Now we go to Canada a bit happier overall but it’s too early to make predictions, we have similar tires but the layout of the track is completely different, so let’s wait and see.” 

From “Obviously we have to go away and think as something wasn’t right in qualifying yesterday. Get the car working as best as we can and gain some places. Hopefully for the rest of the year we can do that and make the race a whole lot easier. On Sundays we seem to have the speed but starting in bad positions doesn’t help.”

From f1i.comKimi: “Its never going to make the race exciting when you qualify a bit out of place. You normally end up following cars and get stuck in position so it was a frustrating race.”


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Formula One World Championship 2015, Round 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Saturday 23 May 2015 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Scuderia Ferrari

Formula One World Championship 2015, Round 6, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Saturday 23 May 2015 - Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel will start the Monaco Grand Prix from third on the grid, while in the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen lines up sixth. Qualifying was run here in Monaco under cloudy skies with a high of 18 degrees and Lewis Hamilton waited until the very last moment to take pole in the Mercedes with a time of 1.15.098. Vettel secured his spot on the second row with a 1.15.849, with Nico Rosberg second in the other Mercedes in 1.15.440. Raikkonen set the sixth fastest time of 1.16.427 and will start from Row 3.[]

Final Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.098s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.440s 0.342s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m15.849s 0.751s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.041s 0.943s
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m16.182s 1.084s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.427s 1.329s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m16.808s 1.710s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m16.931s 1.833s
9 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m16.946s 1.848s
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m16.957s 1.859s
11 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.093s
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m17.193s
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m17.278s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m26.632s
15 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.101s
16 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m17.007s
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m18.434s
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.513s
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m20.655s
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m20.904s


From autosport.comKimi: “It was a bad result in the end as it’s difficult to overtake here. It’s not a very happy day. It’s going to be a long race if I’m stuck behind some cars, but I’ll try to get the maximum out of it. We had no grip on the first set [for the first run]. The second run felt normal but I had traffic. It was a disaster. The car felt OK but it was difficult to get heat in the tyres. We seem to manage to get it wrong every race. We have to work on something to try and improve it. We don’t put ourselves in very good position for Sunday. It makes our races difficult when you start behind because you spend time trying to get past cars and then you drop out the fight in front.”

From ferrari.comKimi: “I don’t think that the accident of this morning affected my qualifying. My car has been working pretty well so far, apart from the fact that it was hard to get the tires working . You need few good laps to make a time and today in my last run I was too slow behind a Toro Rosso and decided to come in. Today we had the speed but not the chance of doing a clean lap. It was not a very good day and obviously tomorrow we are going to pay a big price. Tomorrow we’ll see what we can do, we’ll try to make a good start and go from there, even if it won’t be easy. Here there is a big chance to remain stuck behind other cars for the whole race and overtaking is really difficult: that’s why the result of today is very disappointing.”

From “It’s obviously a very bad result in the end and obviously it’s difficult to overtake here, so it’s not a very happy day. But it is what it is right now and we try to make a good start and go from there tomorrow, but obviously it is going to be a long race if we are stuck behind some cars. We will try to make the maximum out of it whatever happens tomorrow. We seem to manage to get it wrong every race, so we need to work on something to try to improve it. We don’t put ourselves in very good positions for Sundays and obviously it makes our races difficult. Obviously when you are stuck behind you spend time trying to get past cars and then you miss out on the fight at the front. But it’s part of the game.”

Raikkonen said the tyres were working better on his second attempt but when he came up behind a Toro Rosso he knew any chance of a good result was effectively over.

“It makes no difference right now, does it? I mean, I had a pretty okay first lap and I had one more lap and then there was a Toro Rosso so I had traffic on the second lap. I came in because I was too slow already and obviously it was pretty disastrous. The car felt okay but it was hard to get heat in the tyres. The end result is what it is and we will try to do a good race tomorrow. [It was sliding] more on the front, but obviously on the rear it was a bit hard to push because the front does not grip well. Obviously then you don’t go as fast as the tyres really need and you it’s a circle. It’s crucial to get clean outlaps to get the tyres working as well as possible, but it didn’t happen today and we paid the price.”


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Sebastian Vettel posted the quickest time in this morning’s free practice in his Ferrari, as Formula 1 track action resumed after yesterday’s traditional rest day in the Principality. In the final session prior to qualifying, the German did a 1.16.143 in his SF15-T, to finish ahead of the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg (1.16.361) and Lewis Hamilton (1.16.705.) Kimi Raikkonen only managed 11 laps on his way to setting the sixth fastest time of 1.17.401. On his Supersoft run, he touched the barrier at Ste. Devote puncturing the left rear tyre. [] FP3 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.143s 27
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m16.361s 0.218s 31
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.705s 0.562s 31
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m17.120s 0.977s 26
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m17.256s 1.113s 39
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m17.401s 1.258s 11
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m17.471s 1.328s 28
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.767s 1.624s 28
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m17.788s 1.645s 23
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m17.806s 1.663s 28
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m17.832s 1.689s 30
12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m17.956s 1.813s 28
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.102s 1.959s 32
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m18.197s 2.054s 26
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m18.212s 2.069s 29
16 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m18.242s 2.099s 32
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.767s 2.624s 38
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.269s 3.126s 37
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m21.093s 4.950s 31
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m22.225s 6.082s 30


Watch Kimi’s kiss with Sainte Devote which resulted in a punctured rear left tyre.


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kimi-mongp-210515-2015-krs24PRACTICE TWO

There wasn’t much track action in the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Just 15 minutes in, the red flags came out and later the rain arrived. The cars all had to pit following Roberto Mehri’s accident in the Manor, at the exit to the tunnel and after that, the cars returned to the track in the final minutes of the session, with the weather barely better. Both Ferrari men started out on Softs, setting the third and fourth fastest times, which would still be the case after the long break, after which they went out on intermediates. []

FP2 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.192s 12
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m17.932s 0.740s 16
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m18.295s 1.103s 14
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.543s 1.351s 15
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m18.548s 1.356s 16
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.659s 1.467s 14
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.782s 1.590s 12
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m18.906s 1.714s 18
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m19.151s 1.959s 13
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m19.266s 2.074s 13
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m19.300s 2.108s 13
12 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m19.560s 2.368s 15
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m19.566s 2.374s 14
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m19.577s 2.385s 13
15 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m19.606s 2.414s 14
16 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m19.639s 2.447s 13
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m20.263s 3.071s 10
18 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m22.017s 4.825s 9
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m22.943s 5.751s 13


From ferrari.comKimi: “The feeling with the car today was pretty ok, obviously there are some small issues but they are more related to the tyres: it’s difficult to make them warm up, especially the front tyres, but overall it’s not too bad. In order to get the tyres working, it would have been nice to see how the Supersofts work, anyway I think they are much easier. Due to the rain we couldn’t learn as much I wanted, but it was the same for everybody. We did the most that we could in these conditions. For Saturday we have to see how the weather will be, we still have some work to do on the car and make sure the tyres work well, then we’ll go from there and do the best in qualifying and in the race.”


In the first free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix, the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen set the fourth (1.19.134) and eighth (1.19.679) fastest times respectively. Lewis Hamilton was quickest with a 1.18.750 in the Mercedes. After completing the installation laps on intermediate tyres, because the circuit was damp from overnight rain, the two Ferraris took to the track running two sets of Softs, the other compound at this round of the championship being the Supersoft. Both SF15-Ts completed 31 laps, working on a programme aimed at finding the best set-up for this track. []

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.750s 49
2 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.899s 0.149s 42
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m19.086s 0.336s 27
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m19.134s 0.384s 31
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m19.245s 0.495s 40
6 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m19.454s 0.704s 35
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m19.520s 0.770s 33
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m19.679s 0.929s 31
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m19.762s 1.012s 47
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m19.766s 1.016s 32
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m19.791s 1.041s 28
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m20.202s 1.452s 15
13 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m20.274s 1.524s 34
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m20.619s 1.869s 35
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m20.784s 2.034s 34
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m20.857s 2.107s 24
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m20.917s 2.167s 36
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.219s 2.469s 25
19 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m23.234s 4.484s 28
20 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m23.404s 4.654s 31


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