Alfa Romeo ‘better than expected’ says Raikkonen

Date published: May 23 2019

Kimi Raikkonen said that Alfa Romeo simply weren't quick enough after both drivers missed Q3 in Monaco.

Kimi Raikkonen admitted that Alfa Romeo’s performance in FP1 and FP2 at the Monaco GP was a “better start than we expected”.

Heading into his 300th career race, The Iceman finished both sessions on Thursday in P9, while his under-pressure team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi enjoyed a fine afternoon as he finished ahead of his team-mate in P8.

Raikkonen claimed his one and only win around the streets of Monte Carlo back in 2005, and although 2019 a repeat looks unlikely, he is at least pleased with the foundations that have been laid for the weekend.

“We”ll take it [P9], there is still work to be done,” he told reporters.

“Probably it is a better start [to the weekend] than we expected.

“But, it’s only free practice so we will see [what happens on Saturday].”

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