Räikkönen pleased despite lost track time

Räikkönen pleased despite lost track time

7 June 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen is feeling cautiosuly optimistic after the opening day of practice in Canada, despite losing track time due to a technical issue.

The Ferrari driver missed a sizeable chunk of the first 90-minute session after complaining of a loss of power during one of his early runs.

But the afternoon session proved to be a trouble-free affair, the Finn edging out team-mate Fernando Alonso to classify fourth fastest.

"Thanks to speedy work from the team, in the afternoon, we managed to make up for the run lost in the morning and even if it's too early to make predictions, overall, it didn't go badly and by the end of the day my feeling with the car had improved," said Räikkönen after stepping out of the car.

"I am still not 100 per cent happy with the handling of the F14 T, but I am sure that an analysis of the data we gathered will point us in the right direction for qualifying and the race."

Alonso, who finished the opening session atop the timesheets, was also in a positive frame of mind.

"I am reasonably pleased with the day's testing as we got through a lot of work without encountering any particular problems," said the Spaniard, half a tenth adrift of Räikkönen in the afternoon. "We tried some new components and must now concentrate on getting a good understanding of how they are working.

"As always, we have to analyse all the data we have gathered to try and be as well prepared as possible for qualifying, also taking into account the fact that tyre behaviour is very similar to what we saw in Monaco."

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