Ferrari duo encouraged by Friday showing
5 September 2014 – Ferrari duo Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso were buoyed by the pace they displayed on the opening day of the Italian Grand Prix.
Both drivers were braced for a tough weekend at Monza, with concerns over the performance of Ferrari's power unit and chassis, but the pair emerged as Mercedes' biggest threat in the second practice session.
Räikkönen, who had the edge over Alonso on the Medium tyre runs, was little more than a tenth adrift of afternoon pace-setter Nico Rosberg.
"That was a very busy day, but a positive one. We made the most of every minute available to us in both sessions, managing to try everything we had on our programme," said Räikkönen after stepping out of the car.
"In the morning, we concentrated on assessing different aero configurations, in search of the best level of downforce. We opted for an intermediate solution that seemed to produce the best results on both compounds.
"The difference between the Medium and the Hard compound tyres is more or less what we expected."
Alonso echoed Räikkönen's feelings, suggesting that Ferrari can be strong on both low and high fuel loads.
"I'm happy with the work we did on set-up and tyres, especially with my time on a heavy fuel load," he said.