Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Central arrow Race results arrow 2006 MONACO GRAND PRIX FRIDAY PRACTICE
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Friday, 26 May 2006
gpreport.jpgTeam McLaren Mercedes drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen finished today's second free practice in third and sixth positions respectively with fastest lap times of 1:16.138 and 1:16.707 on the street circuit of Monaco. At the end of the first practice when Kimi came out for his first lap of the week a heat shield on his car caught fire and damaged the wire looming which made the engine switch off. The team was able to repair the damage and Kimi could take part in the latter part of the second practice. Today's running also saw Kimi debuting a new helmet design created especially for the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix. He will wear this helmet for the duration of the weekend.  


"A good start to the weekend for us. We seem to be quite competitive and have definitely made progress but its still early days and this is Monaco after all where anything can happen. I completed the planned programme, and the new parts we have introduced seem to have made a difference. The Michelin tyres are working well, so overall we are looking good. I love this track as it's such a challenge and I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the weekend."


"A bit of excitement for me at the end of the first practice. I went out with less than one minute to go to complete an installation lap and a practice start. However there was a small fire which caused some damage – a bit more than necessary as the Fire Marshalls were hesitant until I took the fire extinguisher myself. The team did a great job in making the necessary repairs and I was able to get some running in half way through the second session. I'm pleased with what we have achieved so far and we look competitive, but there is still along way to go."


"An eventful first day of practice due to Kimi's problem. However the team worked really hard and efficiently to rectify the damage caused by the small fire. This place is unique and consequently it's too early to draw any conclusions but we seem to have made progress."


"The team did a great job today getting Kimi's car repaired after a small fire had damaged the wiring loom on the last lap of the first session. The guys managed to send Kimi out half way through the second session. So we could complete his planned programme without any further problems. As usual on Fridays Juan Pablo and Kimi focused on working on the race set up and their lap times looked OK."

Session 2

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Alex Wurz Williams F1 1m15.907
2 Anthony Davidson Honda Racing 1m16.075
3 Juan Pablo Montoya Team McLaren Mercedes 1m16.138
4 Fernando Alonso Renault 1m16.221
5 Robert Doornbos Red Bull Racing 1m16.292
6 Kimi Raikkonen Team McLaren Mercedes 1m16.707
7 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m16.721
8 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m16.870
9 Jenson Button Honda Racing 1m16.903
10 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1m17.251
11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m17.325
12 Tiago Monteiro MF1 Racing 1m17.439
13 Rubens Barrichello Honda Racing 1m17.456
14 Giorgio Mondini MF1 Racing 1m17.497
15 Michael Schumacher Scuderia Ferrari 1m17.603
16 Tonio Luizzi Toro Rosso 1m17.638
17 Mark Webber Williams F1 1m17.744
18 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m17.793
19 Nico Rosberg Williams F1 1m17.845
20 Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1m17.874
21 Christian Klien Red Bull Racing 1m18.123
22 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1m18.257
23 Scott Speed Toro Rosso 1m18.420
24 Christijan Albers MF1 Racing 1m18.430
25 Franck Montagny Renault 1m18.731
26 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1m19.273
27 Neel Jani Toro Rosso 1m19.445
28 Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m19.803

Session 1

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Renault 1m16.712 11
2 Anthony Davidson Honda Racing 1m16.872 29
3 Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 1m16.888 10
4 Michael Schumacher Scuderia Ferrari 1m16.973 8
5 Juan Pablo Montoya Team McLaren Mercedes 1m17.458 7
6 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1m17.869 19
7 Alex Wurz Williams F1 1m17.949 26
8 Jenson Button Honda Racing 1m18.329 10
9 Robert Doornbos Red Bull Racing 1m18.394 20
10 Rubens Barrichello Honda Racing 1m18.406 10
11 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m18.447 7
12 Nico Rosberg Williams F1 1m18.480 13
13 Mark Webber Williams F1 1m18.571 15
14 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1m18.695 13
15 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m18.703 9
16 Ralf Schumacher Toyota 1m19.021 12
17 Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 1m19.246 14
18 Christian Klien Red Bull Racing 1m19.543 8
19 Neel Jani Toro Rosso 1m19.651 23
20 Giorgio Mondini MF1 Racing 1m19.669 27
21 Tiago Monteiro MF1 Racing 1m19.730 15
22 Tonio Luizzi Toro Rosso 1m19.857 14
23 Scott Speed Toro Rosso 1m20.137 11
24 Christijan Albers MF1 Racing 1m20.552 15
25 Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m21.144 22
26 Franck Montagny Renault 1m21.594 20


Comments: Let 's hope that Kimi will not have to change his engine. A 10-spot grid penalty would be disastrous in Monaco.

McLaren look surprisingly good for Thursday practice. They usually detune their engines too much in the first day of practise but Montoya 's lap time looks  promising. It is also interesting to see that the Colombian is using a different front wing to Kimi.

Kimi commented that the Monaco circuit "masks" some of the car 's weaknesses so here 's hoping for back-to-back Monaco wins for Kimi :) 

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