'Reasonably positive' first day for Räikkönen

'Reasonably positive' first day for Räikkönen

18 July 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen described as "reasonably positive" his start to the German Grand Prix weekend.

The Ferrari driver, who lost a small amount of track time in the morning session due to a water pump issue, ended the first day of practice at Hockenheim in fourth position.

"Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the Soft tyres," began Räikkönen.

"But thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track.

"In the afternoon, we made up for lost time and managed to improve on all fronts."

Räikkönen's team-mate, Fernando Alonso, was four tenths of a second slower in ninth position.

Despite the deficit, the Spaniard is confident that he has all aspects of the weekend under control, most notably the high temperatures and removal of front-and-rear-interconnected suspension (FRIC).

"I had no problems with either the Super Soft or Soft compounds and we just need to understand how they will behave in the race and what the weather could be like on Sunday," he said.

"I don't think going away with FRIC changed much in terms of driving style and in order to have a clear picture you'd have to do a comparison with and without it, but running without it, we just have to adapt and be as well prepared as possible with what we have."

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