Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen described his opening day of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend as pretty ok as the Iceman ended the day of track action in sixth place just behind Lewis Hamilton and just ahead of McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso.
Raikkonen set a fastest time of 01:22.058s and completed 46 laps more than any of his rivals over the course of the afternoon session. Speaking at the conclusion of the day, Raikkonen stated:
Overall it was a pretty ok day, we made the right improvements and I’m sure we can still make progress and go faster. I think we are going in the right direction. The conditions of the track are much better, they have done a really good job with the tarmac, it’s much smoother and also the kerbs are better than they used to be. I haven’t seen what the others have done and it’s still Friday, too early to know where we are. We know our rivals are fast, but we can improve, we’ll see what happens.
Raikkonen’s Ferrari team mate Sebastian Vettel ended the day in third place behind Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo setting a fastest time of 01:21.348s completing 31 laps and speaking following the session the German commented by saying:
Today I think we lost a bit of time in the beginning. Obviously with the red flag it was not ideal, we had to come in a couple of times, re-programme the car and go out again. The good news is that we were able to fix it, but I lost a bit of the rhythm. After this the car felt fine, but I think we can improve the setup for tomorrow, and then we should have a better balance in the car. We need to be better in sector 1, 2, 3, I don’t think that there is one sector that stands out. I am not entirely happy with the balance yet, so naturally if everything comes more together I think we can improve overnight and so we will be better in all three sectors. Today is Friday, and I don’t value Friday that much. We look at ourselves, here and there we need to improve, and then go from there. Tomorrow is a new day.