Kimi Raikkonen: “We’re fast, we still have room for improvement” 

Written by David on July 21st, 2007 at 8:03 amLast Update: July 21st, 2007 at 8:15 am

Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen ahead in 2nd Free practice Session of French Grand PrixThe usual Friday programme of the Scuderia Ferrari was a bit disrupted by the changing weather at the Nürbürgring. Despite that, Kimi Raikkonen finished the first day of free practice on top of the time sheets.

Kimi Raikkonen: “I am reasonably happy with today. We have proved we are competitive in pure terms on this circuit and we will have to wait for tomorrow to understand exactly where we are compared to our main rivals. I think there is still room for improvement in terms of the handling of the car which is nevertheless good on both types of tire we have here. The weather, especially the wind, made the second session a bit complicated but this problem was the same for everyone.”

Felipe Massa: “Overall, it has been quite a positive day. I think we have a competitive car. Clearly, we expect a very tight fight with our closest rivals, but we are up for it. We improved the set up of the car from the first session to the second but we still have some work to do, especially in terms of performance over the first timed lap. It’s a shame that on my last run on new softer tires I had a bit of traffic in the first part of my first lap which cost me time. This afternoon, the track was still slippery at first because of the rain and then the wind made it difficult to drive.”

Luca Baldisseri (Head of Track Operations): “The usual Friday programme was disrupted by the changing weather. We were expecting the second free practice session to be wet and so we had planned in the first session to compare the two types of tire available to us this weekend. At this point the track conditions were definitely not at their best. Then, in the second session, when we ran entirely on dry tires, the wind came into play, complicating the situation. In any case, we have shown we are competitive, although we are aware we still have to improve, both in terms of first lap performance and over a longer run, especially with the softer tires. All in all, we have a good starting point from which to work forward over the rest of the weekend.”

Source: f1technical

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