Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was pretty happy with how his opening day of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend at the Sakhir circuit on Friday. The Iceman ended Free Practice One in third place completing 16 laps with a fastest time of 1m 34.128s while in the second session, the Finn ended the day in fifth place and speaking following his day in the car, Raikkonen stated:
It was a normal and pretty ok day, everything worked out fine and we did more or less what had been planned. We ran quite a few laps and it wasn’t too bad, I only had some traffic in my lap with the Supersoft tires, but apart from that it was ok. I was not really looking at what the others were doing, we ran through our own programme. Obviously, the laptimes are one thing you notice, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow. Now we have to go through the data and see how the day was. We always try to do our best, I still don’t know where it is going to end, we have to wait until Sunday to know that. Hopefully we have a good and solid day tomorrow and then we’ll go from there.
Sebatian Vettel ended the opening session in 11th place while the German was forced to cut his second session short after discovering a loose right rear tyre and ended the session in sixth place just behind Kimi Raikkonen. Speaking following the day of action, Vettel commented by saying:
We don’t know 100% what happened. I felt out of Turn 4 that I lost drive, so I decided to stop. Obviously we don’t want to take a risk at this stage, damaging the car or the engine. It’s a shame because I would have loved to cover more laps, but that’s what it is. Obviously, it was incredibly important to do the mileage today and get the information on Friday, but it’s even more important to make sure that the car is in good conditions for the whole weekend and for the whole season. Tomorrow I think that if you want to qualify as high up as possible you have to use the Supersofts. It’s not a big secret. We saw that a lot of people were doing their homework today. As for me, I haven’t done everything I could because we had to stop, but Kimi did a lot of laps, so it’s still reasonable. Coming down to our rivals, I don’t know what they did today. I think we can still improve for tomorrow. Hopefully we can be a little bit closer, so we’ll see.