Raikkonen content with ‘normal day’ at Red Bull Ring


Kimi Raikkonen was sixth fastest in both free practices on Friday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kimi Raikkonen felt it was a ‘very normal’ practice day at the Red Bull Ring on Friday, despite a few small niggles that affected his running.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver finished both sessions in sixth position, with his fastest time of the day just 0.661 seconds off the outright pace set by Lewis Hamilton, and although not the most straightforward day for the Finn, he was content with the work he was able to do and the knowledge of both the car and circuit he was able to obtain.

Raikkonen will now look at the data overnight to see where improvements can be made, but whereas a lot of drivers struggled with tyres, he feels in control of the situation himself.

“It was a very normal day, trying different solutions and seeing how they went,” said Raikkonen. “We struggled a bit with some things, but we know what is going on and we should be able to fix it.

“It was one of those Fridays, not great and not bad either. Obviously it could have been a bit better and straightforward, but it’s only the first day of practice.

“I don’t think it will be very difficult with tyres as long as we do the normal things; it’s a very similar story as any other race. Now we have to go through everything and improve for tomorrow.”