Räikkönen not concerned by low key day

Räikkönen not concerned by low key day

20 June 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen is not concerned about his Austrian Grand Prix chances after finishing the opening day of practice outside the top 10.

Räikkönen, who has endured a challenging start to his second stint at Ferrari, classified 11th in both of Friday's sessions at the Red Bull Ring.

But he said various factors, rather than an absence of raw pace, led to him trailing third-placed team-mate Fernando Alonso by half a second.

"Despite the changeable weather reducing the amount of track time in the first session, we still managed to complete our programme, which centred on analysing new aerodynamic parts brought for this race," he said.

"Along with Fernando, we concentrated on different set-up tests, me on the front end and him on the rear.

"In the afternoon session, I had a better feeling from the car, but for various reasons, including a lack of grip, traffic and the wind, I didn't manage to put together a good lap, or to improve in the final sector."

Alonso says the team has plenty of work ahead to determine which upgrades to keep on the car.

"In both sessions, Kimi and I were on different programmes," Alonso explained after his day at the wheel.

"Now we must put all the data together to choose which of the elements we tested have worked best."

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