Raikkonen uncomfortable with Ferrari front end

By on Friday, October 10, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says he still does not feel comfortable with the front end of the Ferrari F14 T, following Friday's practice session for the Russian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen was 11th fastest at the Sochi Autodrom and believes he and Ferrari need to work to improve his feeling with the car.

"This first day of practice was given over to learning the track, which I like and although it’s new, the grip level was good," he said.

"In the first session, we went through our programme step by step, even if towards the end of the session I was unable to complete my last run.

"In the afternoon, we focused on tyre behaviour, with both compounds taking a long time to reach the maximum performance, which is unusual, especially for the soft tyre. In order to have a clearer picture on this topic, we will have to wait for the track to evolve.

"Unfortunately, here too I still don’t feel comfortable with the front end and this prevented me from putting together a good lap. Now, along with the team, we will try and find a solution that will allow me to get the most out of the car."

Team-mate Fernando Alonso was third quickest and says he was surprised by the grip levels offered by the track.

"Surprising today was the good level of grip from the track surface, which is unusual on a brand new circuit," he said. "From this point of view, I felt comfortable right from the first lap and that helped a lot when it came to today’s most important job, namely learning the track.

"We worked a lot on set-up and found the two compounds had behaved in similar fashion and tyre performance improved as the laps went by. The track is very hard on brakes, but that is a specific thing we can work on this evening to be well prepared for qualifying."

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