But by out-qualifying Vettel here, Raikkonen has made it hard for the team to favour their number one on a day when his main rival in the title race - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton - starts from way back in...
"We've done enough races so we know what to do at the first corner", he added.
"That lap may have just got me into the top 10, and then I probably would have struggled to be in the top five with the pace that I had, with whatever issue I was having in the vehicle".
"I don't know why everyone thinks it will be different tomorrow than the last two years", Raikkonen said.
Hamilton was fastest in Thursday's opening practice but fell behind in the second and, amid concerns that the team's long-wheel base vehicle has given them a distinct disadvantage, failed to recover significantly on Saturday.
Given the reliability and speed of Ferrari's auto, 2007 champion Raikkonen has a good chance of securing a 21st race win and his first since driving for Lotus at the season-opening Australian GP in 2013. Tomorrow I'll just be driving around in whatever position outside of the top 10.
History may encourage Hamilton, but it is unlikely. The opportunity wasn't really there for me. "This is one of the most mentally-demanding circuits and I have felt support from the fans and appreciate it".
"This weekend has been a bit tricky for us", said Bottas, who clocked 1:12.223.
However, Vettel has said he his happy with the set-up of his vehicle and that the mistake was on him.
The triple champion will move up to 13th after Jenson Button's 15-place grid penalty is applied.
Button and Vandoorne qualified ninth and 10th, respectively, although a 15-place grid penalty for a new turbocharger and MGU-H component on Button's auto will ensure he starts from the back, and Vandoorne's three-place grid penalty for contact in the last race move his starting position down to 13th-just in front of Hamilton, hilariously enough.
Hamilton had a near miss early into Q2 when his vehicle wobbled at the Massenet turn and he complained of a lack of grip.
In 2016 Ricciardo's garage weren't ready for his pit stop and the Australian fumed on the team radio as he watched his hopes of Monaco glory fade away because his tyres weren't ready.
"Everyone's working back at the factory so hard and they rely on me to get it together and today somehow I wasn't able to", added the two-times Monaco victor.
"This is definitely the best auto I've driven around here". I can't imagine they are going to say "Kimi we need you to back out".