GP Monaco, commenti post libere–22/05/2014
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.
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."