Friday, 18 April 2014

Raikkonen feels difficult start could put him on the back foot for the weekend

(Scuderia Ferrari SpA via Twitter)
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen believes that his suspension problems that he suffered in the opening practice session on Friday could mean that he will be playing catch up for the rest of the weekend.
The Finn could only mange one installation lap in FP1 while team mate Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets. In FP2, Raikkonen improved as he finished the session in seventh place while Alonso finished in second place behind Lewis Hamilton. Speaking after today's running Raikkonen who finished in 10th place last time out in Bahrain said:
'It was a difficult day, that began with a technical problem in the morning session, which meant I only did an installation lap. Once that was sorted out, in the aftrnoon, we tried to make up for lost time, concentrating mainly on getting the set-up suited to this track, sacrificing some of our race simulation. It's difficult to give an overall assessment and I definitely missed out a bit because of the lack of track time. This evening we will concentrate on analysing the data we have gathered and tomorrow, we will try and make the very most of the final free practice session to get the car as well prepared as possible for qualifying and the race'.

Despite Raikkonen's struggles Fernando Alonso finished the second session just 0.141s Hamilton. At this stage in the weekend last time out in Bahrain Alonso finished in the top three in both session's, while Raikkonen finished the opening session in Bahrain in 6th place while in the second session he was down in 14th place.

The Finn has had an extremely tough return to Ferrari so he will be hopefully for a big step forward on Sunday particularly as there is a three gap between Sunday's race and the opening race of the European leg of the season in Barcelona.

©Ben Johnston 2014

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