Kimi Raikkonen said he had no choice but to sit out of first practice at the Monaco Grand Prix, but is still confident about his competitiveness after some wet running in the afternoon.

14746 - Raikkonen confident despite steering issues

Ahead of this weekend Lotus made some changes to Raikkonen's steering aimed specifically at the unusual demands of Monaco, but after one lap the Finn asked for the system to be swapped back.

"We made some changes to the steering here because usually it's a bit better if you have faster steering, but unfortunately it didn't work as it was planned so we had to change," he said. "Then there were too many things to change and we had to take the whole front end [of the car] off and then they just didn't have the time [to get back out before the end of the session]. There was no point to drive it like it was."

Raikkonen's significant running was also limited in the second session as rain made the circuit too wet for slick tyres. He said it was unfortunate to miss out, but is happy with how the car is looking.

"Of course it's not helpful, but that's why we have practice sessions - to see if we have some issues," he added. "Usually when you have some problems and you don't get running in the first one then you have some running in the second, so in these conditions it's a bit more painful.

"We didn't go many laps in the dry but the car in the wet was putting in some pretty good lap times when everybody was on track at the same time. We just have to fix some small things and then I think the car will be okay once we get it working in the right way."