Monaco GP: Ferrari gearbox issue caused Kimi Raikkonen's problems

Ferrari has revealed that a gearbox problem restricted Kimi Raikkonen's running in the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix, in which Fernando Alonso set the fastest time

Monaco GP: Ferrari gearbox issue caused Kimi Raikkonen's problems

Raikkonen set the sixth fastest time in Thursday morning's dry session, but was classified slowest of the 22 runners, 27 seconds off the pace, after clocking just four laps in the wet/dry second session.

The Finn said a gearbox gremlin had forced him out of the session before he could set a representative time.

"Unfortunately, the bad weather affected this first day of practice and halved the possibility to complete the work we had planned," said Raikkonen.

"In the morning, on the dry track, we tried various set-up options, without encountering any particular problems, apart from a lack of grip at the front under braking.

"In the afternoon, we made a few changes to improve the balance of the car, but having waited almost an hour before being able to go out, a problem with the gearbox prevented me from completing the session.

"On Saturday we will try and make the most of the third free practice session to complete our programme for qualifying, which we know is the key factor here."

Team-mate Alonso outpaced championship leader Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes by just over four tenths of a second to top the session for Ferrari.

The Spaniard said the lack of long running on the super-soft tyre in practice two would pose a challenge for teams come the race.

"The increase in grip we found over the few laps we did with the super-soft tyres leaves us in no doubt that this will be the tyre to use on Saturday afternoon," Alonso said.

"For the race there is still a lot to learn as no one has done a long run, so we might have to improvise when it comes to strategy."

shares
comments
Monaco GP: Lotus struggling for tyre temperature

Previous article

Monaco GP: Lotus struggling for tyre temperature

Next article

Monaco GP: Thursday F1 press conference

Monaco GP: Thursday F1 press conference
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen
Teams Ferrari
Author Ben Anderson
The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021
How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021 Plus

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021

The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship

Formula 1
Apr 7, 2021
How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Plus

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Formula 1
Apr 6, 2021
When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m Plus

When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m

Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle

Formula 1
Apr 4, 2021
The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes Plus

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.

Formula 1
Apr 2, 2021
How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate's F1 career climb Plus

How Raikkonen's rapid rise stalled his team-mate's F1 career climb

Kimi Raikkonen’s emergence as a Formula 1 star in his rookie campaign remains one of the legendary storylines from 2001, but his exploits had an unwanted impact on his Sauber team-mate’s own prospects. Twenty years on from his first F1 podium at the Brazilian GP, here’s how Nick Heidfeld’s career was chilled by the Iceman

Formula 1
Apr 1, 2021