GP Giappone, commenti post libere venerdì–07/10/2016
Kimi Raikkonen struggling with Ferrari despite quick Suzuka times
Kimi Raikkonen feels he has "a lot of lap time" left in his Ferrari after admitting to "fighting with the car" throughout Japanese Grand Prix Formula 1 practice.
Raikkonen finished Friday third quickest Suzuka, just over three tenths of a second behind the two Mercedes and half a second clear of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull and the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel behind.
But Raikkonen was far from happy with his car overall, even declaring over the radio that it felt like it had no front wing at one stage as he battled understeer.
"The balance, and the feeling, is not where we want it to be," said Raikkonen.
"I struggled a lot with the understeer and fighting with the car, especially in the first part of the circuit, and it just doesn’t feel nice.
"It got a bit better in the end, so if we get the feeling and the car working as we want there’s a lot of lap time [to be gained]. We can go quite a bit faster.
"It wasn’t a disaster lap-time wise – I’m a bit surprised with the lap time. Hopefully we can work on all the small things and improve the feeling a bit."