Kimi Raikkonen: “It was not a very smooth day”

by Rachel Hack

Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was surprised to find himself in fourth place at the end of FP2 in Malaysia, as he did not feel comfortable with the SF16-H during either of the Friday practice sessions, expressing that he felt the car was not correct at times.

“I did not have a good feeling with the car through the sessions and I’m surprised that the lap time was not too bad, considering the fact that my feelings were far from what I wanted.”

In terms of the newly re-surfaced tarmac, the Finn advised that he did not notice much difference out on track at the Sepang International Circuit, but that there was a bit more grip out there than had previously been  experienced.

As always Raikkonen was focused solely on what he was doing during the practice sessions and was unaware of how he fared in comparison to other drivers, but was reasonably content considering the issues he was having.

“The new tarmac feels pretty similar, but it’s smoother and there’s a bit more grip. I haven’t seen what the others have done, I was concentrating on our program.”

Following the session the 2007 world champion will now sit down with his engineers to discuss what can be done to find a better set-up and feeling ahead of tomorrow, in order to improve the Finn’s prospects ahead of the crucial qualifying session.

“Now we need to sit down and go through all things. There’s work to be done, but I’m sure we can improve for tomorrow.”

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