Scuderia Ferrari‘s Kimi Raikkonen got one better of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel after beating him in both Friday practice sessions for the British Grand Prix on Friday.
The Finnish driver driver was the fastest Ferrari out on track today after the Italian team introduced their new engine upgrade this weekend for both cars. Raikkonen ended the first session fifth fastest behind both Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and both Red Bull Racing cars. Raikkonen didn’t run with the new “Shield” cockpit protection compare to Vettel who did in the opening minutes of the session.
The second session was better for the Finn but like his team-mate in free practice 1, Raikkonen had a spin at the exit of Becketts. Despite the unexpected trip to the gravel, Raikkonen ended the day third fastest ahead of his team-mate, with both drivers breaking into the 1:28’s.
“A bit more straightforward session than on other occasions, and we had no issues,” said Raikkonen. “Since this morning the feeling had been ok, but obviously at the beginning there was a bit of guesswork with the conditions, as always when you first run at a track.”
Ferrari were down on pace in the first session, being the third fastest team behind Mercedes and Red Bull, believing to have turned down the power on the new engine to reduce any issues.
“It could have been a bit better, but it was not too bad either,” admitted Raikkonen. “Tomorrow will be a different day, we can only try to do our best and I’m sure we can improve. In qualifying and mainly on Sunday we’ll see if it is enough”