Monaco Grand Prix – Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen finished outside the points after suffering from differential problems during the race in Monte Carlo.
The Finnish driver started the race from P14, having struggled for pace during qualifying. Marking his 300th Grand Prix this weekend, the celebrations didn’t continue after the race turned out to be a damp squib for Alfa as well.Starting on the Soft tyre, a tricky start meant he didn’t make any progress off the line and had to weather first lap contact with the Racing Point of Lance Stroll. He would later be involved in another slight touch with Stroll when he was able to get alongside leaving the hairpin, getting away with no damage.
Ignoring the early Safety Car, Raikkonen was able to work his way up into the lower points positions but then began to struggle on his Soft tyres as the race wore on. Pitting on Lap 46, he swapped to the Medium tyre for the final 32 lap sprint to the line. He wound up P17 at the chequered flag.
“We needed to try something different.” said Raikkonen when asked about why Alfa ignored the Safety Car pit stop opportunity. “If we had stopped behind the Safety Car, the end result would have been no different and we had some issues with the differential just before and after the stop.”
“We don’t know what the problem was with the diff, but I almost went in the wall a few times on exits because only one wheel was spinning – it just heated up or something. It crabbed like crazy and I got sideways but we don’t know – we couldn’t see what the problem was but it was a bit odd.”
“Nevertheless, those issues didn’t dictate where we finished because once you are behind other cars, you need them to have a massive issue in order to get past.”
Asked about the contact with Stroll, he simply said: “Obviously, I don’t know if he didn’t see me or what but it didn’t really make a difference as you just can’t get past.”