Scuderia Ferrari driver’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were left disappointed following the opening day of practice ahead of Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
In the opening session, Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest behind the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton while Sebastian Vettel was fourth fastest. In the second session, Sebastian Vettel was third fastest just ahead of Raikkonen.
Speaking following the opening day of action, Raikkonen commented by saying:
It was not a very smooth day. I did not have a good feeling with the car through the sessions and I’m surprised that the lap time was not too bad, considering the fact that my feelings were far from what I wanted. The new tarmac feels pretty similar, but it’s smoother and there’s a bit more grip. I haven’t seen what the others have done, I was concentrating on our program. Now we need to sit down and go through all things. There’s work to be done, but I’m sure we can improve for tomorrow.
While Raikkonen was disappointed, Vettel felt that he had a decent day saying:
I think we had a decent day. We were testing quite a few things, and our pace didn’t look too bad, at least from what I was told inside the car. Mercedes looked again very strong today on long and short runs: as for ourselves, we are pretty happy with the shortruns, but I haven’t seen much yet of what the other people did for their long runs. I think we can improve, especially to get the car a little bit more together. I am confident that we can find a bit here and there for tomorrow. Our target is to win and nothing less. At the same time, you need to be awake and realize that we are not strong enough to come here and say we will win: but if there is a chance, by any circumstances, then we need to be right there and take it. The new asphalt seems to be a step forward, the last corner is a bit trickier but, all in all, it is a step forward. I haven’t used the Hard tires in P2, the Soft is the preferred one; now we have to see what strategy we might choose for Sunday.