Ferrari preview the Monaco GP


Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen and technical director James Allison have their say on the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix as they both look forward to gain more points for the Scuderia.

Kimi Raikkonen: “The circuit in Monaco is different from all the others, it is a good challenge, but during the race, it depends: if you start at the front it is nice, but if you are down at the back it is very difficult to overtake” says Kimi, who on the other hand is quite unimpressed by the glamour of the night life: “Like during all the races, we have a lot of meetings and after that we go to sleep, although all the people obviously enjoy it”. Yet, Monaco gives drivers a unique opportunity to feel the closeness of the public on the grandstands: “When the race is finished, we go slowly back and obviously we can see people and flags, but there are so many people that it is hard to notice."

James Allison: “It is a circuit, of course, where a good grid position is absolutely everything for getting a good race result. That good grid position comes from a whole weekend where you can’t afford any mistakes. The track changes so much as the weekend progresses that you have to be on it all the time. This is a very high downforce circuit, the corners being so slow, the straights being so short, and the cars which have the most downforce available generally do well on this track.” Formula One comes to Monaco off the back of the post-race Barcelona test where there was much to be learnt: “We spent a couple of days in Barcelona after the Grand Prix through a whole range of technical setups and improvements to our car. It was a very successful test for us and happily we made some progresses. So, we are looking forward to taking more lessons and apply them in Monaco.”