Kimi Raikkonen: “The weather conditions made it very tricky”

Kimi Raikkonen was disappointed to see the Friday running at Albert Park affected heavily by the weather after rain fell during both sessions.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver finished down in seventeenth in opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix, failing to set a time on dry tyres and being caught out by a rain shower when on track, but recovered to finish third fastest in second practice held in damp conditions throughout.

Raikkonen hopes for a dry final practice session on Saturday in order to set up the car properly ahead of the new-look qualifying session, and hopes the team get the session right first time out.

“Today the weather conditions made it very tricky for everybody and unfortunately we couldn’t do many laps,” said Raikkonen. “It was a pity not to have been able to run in proper conditions, for all the spectators and for all of us, but we cannot change the weather.

“The car is the same we had in testing, but it was the first time with wet tires and it seems to be ok. Let’s see what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, hopefully we can get some dry running, get the car correct and go from there.

“Tomorrow for the first time we’ll try the new qualifying format, it will be different so we have to see how it pans out. Obviously it’s the first time and it may be a bit of a hustle for some people, hopefully we get it right.”