Raikkonen feels Ferrari can make gains

By on Friday, May 8, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen reckons that Ferrari can make gains across the rest of the weekend in Spain after labelling free practice for the race as 'strange'.

Raikkonen was fourth fastest during the second session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya but says he was not hugely enthused with the handling of his SF15-T.

"It was quite a strange day," he said. "The position and lap times were not too bad, but I was not completely happy with the handling of the car.

"I don’t know if it was caused by the wind or by the conditions of the track, but I have been struggling all day. We did not see anything bad with the upgrades we brought here.

"It’s just the feeling that it’s not completely right, as if the car was sliding. I feel there’s a lot to improve and to gain, in the evening we’ll look more into details and see what we can do for the rest of the weekend."

Team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was fourth fastest, believes grip will be at a premium for the remainder of the weekend.

"I think it’s quite straightforward that the Medium are the faster tyres, but today it was a bit slippery for all the cars," he said.

"Grip seems to be very low, nothing abnormal as we’ve seen it across many years now. When we come from the winter usually in summer the track is quite a bit slower.

"It always helps when there are cars around and I think everybody covered quite a lot of laps today: of course on Sunday it will improve, but the general conditions will remain the same.

"They say it is going to be a bit cooler on Sunday and maybe that will help. I think we can improve the cars, but the gap with Mercedes is still there."

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