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Alonso quiet in fourth, Raikkonen reprimanded

May 25, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

Fernando Alonso AP

The Monaco Grand Prix was expected to be a difficult weekend for Ferrari given the pace of the F14 T car, but the team will be disappointed with just one points score after Kimi Raikkonen was denied a possible podium finish.

Raikkonen started alongside teammate Fernando Alonso on the third row of the grid, but made a great start to get ahead of the Spaniard and Daniel Ricciardo off the line. The Finn then moved into third place when Sebastian Vettel retired from the race, and he remained ahead of Ricciardo after pitting.

However, Raikkonen returned to the pits just a few laps later after making contact with a Marussia he was lapping, and dropped down to last place. He fought his way through the order and up into the points, but an opportunistic move on Kevin Magnussen saw both drivers go into the wall at the Loews hairpin.

Raikkonen managed to continue, but had to pit for repairs, and on a fresh set of tires set the fastest lap of the race en route to 12th place. However, the FIA stewards have given him a reprimand for causing the incident with the McLaren driver.

Fernando Alonso had an unusually quiet race, coming home in fourth place. Nevertheless, this result ensures that he remains in third place in the drivers’ championship, and he will be hoping that Ferrari can get on top of the problems with the F14 T in Canada so he can challenge the Red Bulls.

In fact, the result that would have raised the biggest smile on president Luca di Montezemolo’s face is that of Marussia’s Jules Bianchi. The Frenchman finished the race in ninth place, scoring both his own and Marussia’s first ever points in Formula 1.

Bianchi is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, and this result will undoubtedly put him in good stead for a seat with the team in the future.

At Maranello, though, changes need to be made. 2014 seems to be all about damage limitation, and it will take something out of the ordinary for either Alonso or Raikkonen to take to the top step of the podium this season.

  1. wiscpaul - May 25, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Stinks that Kimi got a flat. Would’ve been third. Ended up sending him to the back ,working his way back up, the problem in the hairpin was his fault.
    Go Ferrari !

  2. redrock81 - May 25, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Considering that Alonso has an ERS (electric engine) issue at the start that didn’t kick in until a few laps later and no left brakes in the later part of the race. I’d say he did a good job taking that Ferrari safely to 4th place.

    Alonso didn’t have his usual great start because he got boxed in by Ricciardo and Kimi was on his left. Kimi had a great start though… too bad bad about the collisions but that’s expected in a track like Monaco.

  3. adam1638 - May 26, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    What is sad is, Kimi’s puncture was caused by Chilton during a SAFETY CAR!! Max can’t even stay out of the way even when trying to unlap himself during SC period!

  4. cuencanolenny - May 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    While as outdated a race venue as Bristol, I still watch because it is F1. I was hoping that on a track where driving and handling are key that the rest of the pack could compete. Wow, these MB engines have not only the power edge on high speed tracks but the low end grunt to just run away from everyone else. Without safety cars I believe Rosberg and Hamilton would have lapped the field. Not sure what problem Hamilton had late in the race that allowed the charging Ricciardo to catch him, but catching and passing are something else. I know there are limits on the number of engines that can be used in a season without penalty, does that prevent them from developing the engines as well?

  5. photog645 - May 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    I like Kimi, but he stuck the nose of the Ferrari down into a place where it should not have been when he hit Magnussen. And Lewis Hamilton’s “I’ve got something in my eye!” What a joke! I guess Lewis just had to have some excuse for his inability to overtake and pass Rosburg.

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