Raikkonen anticipated penalty for Ricciardo

By on Monday, May 25, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has suggested that Red Bull rival Daniel Ricciardo should have been penalised after the pair made contact during the Monaco Grand Prix.

Raikkonen harried Ricciardo across the first part of the race and passed his rival through the pit stop phase.

Ricciardo fought back and the pair made contact at Mirabeau, with Raikkonen tipped wide by Ricciardo, who went on to beat the Finn to fifth position.

"We knew that after starting from sixth position it would have been a difficult race," he said.

"I was all the time behind slower cars and there was no way to overtake them even if I had a much better pace.

"At the the pit stop we managed to pass one Red Bull, we gained one place but we lost it for a stupid reason. I was following my normal line when Ricciardo hit my rear tyre and pushed me wide, regaining the position.

"It’s not very clear what you are allowed to do, it’s really odd but there’s nothing we can do."

Having qualified for the race in sixth place, Raikkonen says Ferrari must improve its performances on Saturday to boost its race prospects.

"For the next races we have to make a better job overall to make sure we get tyres working and things sorted out without mistakes on Saturday in qualifying," he said.

"This will make our life a lot easier on Sunday. Now we go to Canada a bit happier overall but it’s too early to make predictions, we have similar tires but the layout of the track is completely different, so let’s wait and see."

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