24th May, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen say they are struggling to get the tyres up to temperature around the streets of Monaco.
Alonso qualified fifth and said that was ‘more or less’ what they were expecting.
“Today’s result encapsulates the state of play this weekend and it’s more or less what we expected,” Alonso said.
“but I don't think it went badly, because we managed to stay ahead of rivals who have been front runners so far, such as Williams and Force India and, most importantly, we are closer to the Red Bulls.”
The Spaniard said they were struggling to get the tyres up to temperature and said if the race is wet it will be like sliding around on ice, while a dry race will turn into an endurance race.
“Compared to what we expected, the tyres seem too hard and we are struggling a lot to get them up to temperature. If the race is run in the dry tomorrow, then it will be an endurance race to see who can stay out on track the longest.” he said.
“However, if it was to rain, as has been suggested, then just getting to the finish will already be a good result, because as we saw on Thursday from the few laps we did, it’s really on the limit, like sliding around on ice.”
Raikkonen was unhappy with his qualifying position, saying that though they had altered the cars set up it didn’t seem to improve.
“I’m not happy with this qualifying, because even though we worked hard on the set-up, making several changes, my feeling with the car didn’t improve much.” said the Finn.
“we are not able to make the tyres work well here and in that situation, it’s not easy to put together a good lap, especially on a track where you don’t get a second chance.”
“Sixth place is not ideal, but neither is it a disaster and tomorrow we will do our best to get the most out of it all.”