Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time as the opening day of the Chinese Grand Prix got underway at the Shanghai International circuit.
In the first session, the Iceman set the fifth fastest time of the morning with a 1m 39. 155s while in the second session the Iceman set the fastest time overall of 1m 36.896s and speaking following the session the Finn commented by saying:
It has been quite a difficult day overall, I was struggling to get the grip on the tires probably due to the wind. I was sliding a lot and this feeling was not very nice. When I put the Supersofts they seemed to work better, I had more grip and this helped to have a pretty good lap. We’ll see how the weather conditions turn out to be tomorrow, we’ll try to make a good day and then get the maximum out of the race.
Sebastian Vettel set the third fastest time in first session while in the second session this afternoon we ended up just behind Kimi Raikkonen in second place with a time of 1m 37.005s. Speaking following the session the German commented by saying:
Friday is not so important in terms of position but in terms of feeling. We had a decent day and the feeling with the car was ok, but we can still improve, especially the balance. Tonight we’ll have a lot of work to do, in order to get on top of everything. For sure to go for pole is always our goal, but it’s only Friday so I would’t stress too much. This track is quite brutal on tyres, I was sliding a lot and there was a lot of degradation. I looked at Kimi’s data and saw where he was faster. This afternoon we had different programmes and this is useful to make a comparison because we can learn from each other.