Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen ended the opening day of Free Practice ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix with the third fastest time overall. The Iceman set a fastest time of 1m 39.486s completing seven laps.
The weather on Friday afternoon had slightly improved from this morning session meaning the Finn was able to set a representative lap time having ended FP1 in 17th place with a time of 1m 40.754s. Speaking following the on track action, Raikkonen stated:
Today the weather conditions made it very tricky for everybody and unfortunately we couldn’t do many laps. It was a pity not to have been able to run in proper conditions, for all the spectators and for all of us, but we cannot change the weather. The car is the same we had in testing, but it was the first time with wet tires and it seems to be ok. Let’s see what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, hopefully we can get some dry running, get the car correct and go from there. Tomorrow for the first time we’ll try the new qualifying format, it will be different so we have to see how it pans out. Obviously it’s the first time and it may be a bit of a hustle for some people, hopefully we get it right.
Raikkonen’s team mate Sebastian Vettel was one of two drivers who failed to set a time in the opening session this morning, however in the afternoon the German completed seven laps and speaking afterwards he said:
The sun came out after practice, but earlier on it was raining every now and then which was enough to wet the track or parts of it. For sure these conditions are not ideal, but in the end what can we do? It is the same for everyone. Still, I don’t think that the day was completely lost: it was good to get at least some laps and to feel the car, but in terms of preparation for the weekend and the race there was not too much to learn.