Kimi Raikkonen: “I struggled to put a good lap together”


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Kimi Raikkonen believes he struggled with the car during Free Practice Two for the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver finished the morning in third, with a time of 1:49.147, only 0.799s behind Nico Rosberg for Mercedes AMG PETRONAS. Raikkonen was Mercedes’ closest rival during the session as the Sahara Force India of Sergio Perez was just over a tenth further back.

During the second session Raikkonen struggled and had to settle for seventh, again behind Rosberg. The Finn believed that as soon as he put the Supersoft compound on, he struggled to put a good lap together, but even with this disappointment, he believes Ferrari can find the right set up for Saturday.

“In the morning the feeling with the car was pretty good,” said Raikkonen.

“But then in the afternoon, when I put the Supersofts on, I struggled to put a good lap together and I kept running off the circuit. For the long run we changed some things but I was still struggling, for whatever reason. It was one of those days when you start well and then the feeling is not right anymore, but I’m sure we can find the right set up for tomorrow.

“It will be tricky with the tires, but it’s the same for everybody. I haven’t had time to check what the others were doing, it’s too early to have an idea, but for sure there is some work to be done. We have to go through everything and take out the best.”