MAY 24, 2019
Raikkonen dislikes modern Monaco layout
Kimi Raikkonen says Monaco has lost its magic of the past - for the drivers.
This weekend, the Finn - who won the prestigious street race in 2005 - is celebrating his 300th grand prix.
But he doesn't want to celebrate.
"I don't want cakes, drinks, nothing. It's just a number that means nothing to me," Raikkonen, who drives for Alfa Romeo, told Auto Motor und Sport.
He concedes that a celebration of some sort is inevitable, but what he isn't celebrating is his love for Monaco.
"It might be a nice place to watch, but honestly I don't like Monaco at all," said Raikkonen.
He says one reason for that is that the paddock and garages are cramped. But what the 39-year-old dislikes even more are the modifications made since he debuted in 2001.
"It is no longer the track that I drove when I was here for the first time," he said.
"The swimming pool corner was tighter, the first corner had a barrier, and the rest was changed as well," Raikkonen explained.
"Before, the driver was able to make a difference here, but not anymore," he added. "Now, the fast car is always at the top."