Räikkönen rues Ferrari technical problems
22 August 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen was left to lament a difficult day as he ended second practice for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps back in 15th position.
Räikkönen suffered from brake problems during the first session and missed out on conducting a race simulation in the afternoon's running when his Ferrari F14 T developed a misfire.
"[It was] a difficult day, complicated by a series of setbacks which cost us valuable track time," he said.
"In the morning, I had a brake problem, but once it was sorted, we were able to get through our planned programme for the first session."
Räikkönen nonetheless voiced his optimism over the upgrades which Ferrari has brought to Spa.
"The new components we brought for this race seem to be working, but only after we have cross-referenced all the data will we be able to work out what is the best package to use for the rest of the weekend," he said.
Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso was third quickest in both sessions, behind only the Mercedes drivers.
"At this track and at Monza, engine performance counts for a lot," he said.
"We know there is no magic solution but we will nevertheless try to optimise everything. The car behaved as we expected from our simulations and that is definitely something positive."