Vettel qualified alongside the 37-year-old Finn on the front row, with Ferrari’s pace making them clear favourites for a glamour race the Italian team last won in 2001 with Michael Schumacher.
The pole ended a nine-year drought for Raikkonen, whose last was at the June 2008 French Grand Prix – 129 races ago – when he was the reigning world champion and German Vettel had yet to stand on top of a Formula One podium.
“I’m really happy for Kimi because he deserves it. The champion is coming out,” said Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene after Raikkonen put in the fastest lap ever around
“Sebastian made a mistake in turn five, but having two cars up there means I’m happy.”
The triple champion will move up to 13th after compatriot Jenson Button’s 15-place grid penalty is applied, however.
Button, standing in for Fernando Alonso at McLaren while the Spaniard competes in Sunday’s
That brought out yellow warning flags, forcing other cars to slow down with only seconds left on the clock, and
At one point, as the barriers loomed at Massenet on the approach to
“I can’t pinpoint the problem. It’s disappointing,” said the Briton, who lost a minute of the session when he had to stop at the weighbridge towards the end of the second session as he came into the pits.
“It’s a little bit unfortunate with the yellow flag at the end. That lap may have got me into the top 10, but I think I’d have struggled to be in the top five.
“Valtteri’s lap shows we’re not terrible here, so we need to know what happened,” he said, referring to Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Bottas, who replaced retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg in January, was third and two-hundredths of a second off Vettel’s time of 1:12.221.
Red Bull’s 19-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen joined him on the second row.
“That was everything we had today. The red car was just too fast,” said Bottas.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo, on pole in the Mediterranean principality last year for Red Bull, will start fifth and next to Spaniard Carlos Sainz for Toro Rosso.