“It’s not the same Monaco that I drove the first time,” said the Alfa Romeo driver. “It was much more tricky. There was Armco inside turn one, the Swimming Pool was a lot tighter, the last part was a lot tighter. It has changed a lot from that.”
Raikkonen, who will begin his 300th grand prix weekend tomorrow, believes the Monte-Carlo circuit has become “more a traditional race track” over the years.
“OK, it’s narrower, there is Armco, but it has evolved a lot since the first time I was here. In the past it probably used to be a bit that you could make a bigger difference.
“Also with the cars, a long time ago: A good car goes well here, a bad car, it doesn’t matter who drives it, it’s not going to go suddenly fastest and that’s the fact. The car still plays a massive role.”
Modern Monaco could even amplify the difference between cars, Raikkonen argued. “In many ways in a place like this it can be [an] even bigger [difference] because if things are not right here you cannot push. You can push, but you end up in a wall. You choose from those two but obviously it’s a balancing act.”
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