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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  1. And once again Kimi proves that his total inability to overcome his one-lap qualifying ghost is not going away any time soon…


    1. Yes , i think so. Disapointing… remember that pole 2005, comparate to todays poor result seems realy that kimi gegins to be old 😦


      1. It’s not about him getting old….. It’s the way qualifying is last few years and with these kind of tyres, Kimi is the one who suffered the most from these changes.


  2. It is no good for Kimi for sure if Vettel remained ahead of him every qualifying and race. The problem is he is not even close to Vettel. 😰


  3. For some reason he always gets the worst luck. But it takes only 1 time when he can run his own thing and the result shows. Just look only some weeks ago in Bahrain everybody were suddenly saying, ‘old iceman is back’, bla bla blaa, etc etc. It is what it is, bad luck but also inability to put down fast lap on the get-go with these tires and today’s formula.. Who knows, maybe in part it’s also due to fact he also wants to be with his girl and boy.

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  4. kimi oh kimi…..common guys be objective. Kimi’s season is no better than last year and it looks like his not even making the effort to race for a contract…..


    1. Must disagree with you, Kimi’s quali was hampered by being held up by a Toro Rosso. Also the construction of this year’s tyres combined with his smooth driving style makes it more difficult to get the tyres sufficiently up to temperature – conversely, this helps him in the race when he can save his tyres and run longer stints. He’s still an awesome driver. and he never gives up.

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      1. Yep, and it’s cos of these dumb ‘conserving’ rules of tyres, fuel, engine etc, Kimi can’t even attempt to warm up his tyres more in qualy as it’ll hamper his tyres/sets for the race then :/ Unfortunately he’s gonna suffer as long as it’s like this.


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