Ferrari did not have a positive first day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix as the team’s best time, scored by Sebastian Vettel in the second practice, was almost a second down on Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
Both drivers struggled with making the tyres last on the very hot asphalt but also with finding a good balance of the cars.
“In the morning the feeling with the car was pretty good, but then in the afternoon, when I put the supersofts on, I struggled to put a good lap together and I kept running off the circuit," said Kimi Raikkonen.
“For the long run we changed some things but I was still struggling, for whatever reason. It was one of those days when you start well and then the feeling is not right anymore, but I'm sure we can find the right set up for tomorrow. It will be tricky with the tyres, but it's the same for everybody. I haven't had time to check what the others were doing, it's too early to have an idea, but for sure there is some work to be done. We have to go through everything and take out the best.”
Ferrari has selected only one set of medium tyres for the entire Belgian GP weekend, thinking of a strategy based on the supersoft compound.
“Today it was a very tricky day. It is very hot for Spa, and so it's very slippery out there. But I think in general, everybody was struggling to make the tyres last and sliding quite a lot. It doesn't matter which tyre you have, it's the same for everybody, so we need to try and work on that because the temperatures will be like this for the whole weekend," wxplained Sebastian Vettel.
“Also, I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car, but this is up to us. We need to improve the car. It is not yet where we want it to be. But I am sure we will be faster.”