Räikkönen feeling more comfortable with F14 T
28 March 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen says he is feeling more comfortable with the Ferrari F14 T following practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.
Räikkönen endured a difficult time in Australia as he failed to make the cut for Q3 and finished in seventh place, but managed second place in both practice sessions in Malaysia.
"This was definitely a positive day and I had a better feeling compared to Friday in Melbourne," he said.
"I was more comfortable with the F14 T today and even if we had no problems whatsoever, we know there’s still a long way to go and a lot to do. Our programme concentrated on car set-up and on testing the compounds that Pirelli has brought here.
"The handling seemed to be good even if, as we found on the race simulation, we will have to pay very close attention to degradation, which is particularly high here."
Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest and exuded positivity.
"We are on a learning curve, which is not unusual for the start of a championship and, to find out how competitive we are, as usual we will have to wait until Saturday and Sunday," said the Spaniard.
"Usually, Friday is a very confusing day, because everyone is working on their own programmes, but this year it’s even more the case because of all the new elements. Everything went well, with no reliability problems and we managed to do a fair number of laps, enough to get a good understanding of the tyres, which will be a very important factor here because of the high temperatures."