Kimi Raikkonen expressed his satisfaction after recovering from a technical issue during practice for the German Grand Prix to go fourth quickest.
Raikkonen, who sits a lowly 12th in the championship, ended the day just 0.546s down on leader Lewis Hamilton.
"Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the Soft tyres, but thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track," he said.
"In the afternoon, we made up for lost time and managed to improve on all fronts. Overall, it’s been a reasonably positive day, but it’s still to early to make any predictions. We will have to wait until tomorrow to know more."
Team-mate Fernando Alonso was ninth fastest and does not believe that the removal of FRIC [Front and Rear Interconnected Suspension] has had a huge effect on the pecking order.
"I had no problems with either the Soft or Supersoft compounds and we just need to understand how they will behave in the race and what the weather could be like on Sunday," he said.
"I don’t think going away with FRIC changed much in terms of driving style and in order to have a clear picture you’d have to do a comparison with and without it, but running without it, we just have to adapt and be as well prepared as possible with what we have."