Kimi Raikkonen says that the Lotus E21 feels strong at the Korea International Circuit, despite the Finn crashing out of first practice during the final minute.
Raikkonen lost control of his car exiting the final corner and hit the barriers.
His car was repaired in time for Raikkonen to return to action early on in second practice, where he set the eighth fastest time.
“Obviously it didn’t help that I destroyed part of the car this morning; maybe I ran out of talent there! It didn’t cause too much damage and the car was fine for the second practice, even if the guys had quite a hurry to fix it,” he said.
“They did a good job and we managed to complete everything we wanted today. The car feels quite strong – especially on the long runs – so that’s good news for the race. On the short runs it wasn’t exactly as I wanted, but we still have some time to make improvements there.”
Raikkonen also added that he felt no back pain during practice but that he will probably seek medical treatment during the winter break.
Team-mate Romain Grosjean was sixth fastest and believes that he can improve on that position during qualifying.
“My first two runs this morning weren’t perfect, so we decided to change a few things during the break but that didn’t exactly go to plan either,” he said.
“Finding the right balance for a full lap here is quite tricky as the different sectors are quite unique from each other, but eventually we returned to a more conventional setup for a run on the option tyres and the car felt much better. This circuit is a bit more front limited which doesn’t particularly help us, but hopefully the track evolution will bring it towards us a bit more tomorrow.”
“Half a second to the leaders is a bit of a gap and they look pretty quick, so I think top five is a realistic target in qualifying, but of course we’ll do our best to catch them.”