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The second free practice session saw the Scuderia Ferrari drivers finish second and fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen (1.37.662) and Sebastian Vettel (1.38.339) respectively. The afternoon programme included a comparison of the two tyre compounds and some long runs. The session ran without a hitch. Fastest was Lewis Hamilton who posted a 1.37.219 in his Mercedes, while Daniel Ricciardo (1.38.311) split the two Ferraris in his Red Bull. [ferrari.com] FP2 Times:
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.311s||1.092s||24|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m38.737s||1.518s||10|
|14||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m39.894s||2.675s||32|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m39.971s||2.752s||28|
|16||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m40.151s||2.932s||28|
|18||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m40.868s||3.649s||24|
Onboard Kimi Kimi team radio on brakes Raikkonen and Rosberg’s little tussle
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From Scuderia Ferrari – Kimi: “Overall it has been a good day of work. In the afternoon we had a problem with the brakes but the mechanics did a very good job and managed to fix it, then I was able to go back on track and go on with the programme. It’s a bit early to make predictions, we still have things to improve, tomorrow we have to make sure that everything works and have another good day without any issues or problems and then we’ll do our best for qualifying and the race.”
From crash.net – Kimi: “The morning was not so easy because we found some small issues, then when we went out in the afternoon we had some problems with the brakes and we had to change them. The mechanics did a good job changing the brakes, but we managed to do more or less what we wanted to do. We need to do another good day tomorrow and avoid any issues and problems, qualify good and then see what we can do in the race.”
Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the first free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix, the third round of the World Championship, which got underway this morning in Shanghai. Behind the Englishman, who did a 1.39.033, was his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg (1.39.574) and the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel (1.40.157) and Kimi Raikkonen (1.40.661). On the agenda for the Ferrari men, aerodynamic and mechanical set-up work, using two sets of the Medium tyre under a pale sun hanging over the Chinese track, with slightly warmer temperatures than in the past few days. [ferrari.com] FP1 Times:
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m41.029s||1.996s||21|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m41.097s||2.064s||24|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m41.112s||2.079s||23|
|12||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m41.575s||2.542s||28|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m42.141s||3.108s||22|
|18||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m42.184s||3.151s||19|
Kimi Raikkonen is convinced Ferrari’s pace in Malaysia was not solely due to the hot weather and thinks the team can challenge Mercedes again in China.
The Finn’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel took a rather unexpected victory in Malaysia, beating both Mercedes drivers on outright pace in the searing heat of Sepang. One key factor in the victory was Ferrari’s ability to manage its tyres well enough to win the race on a two-stop strategy, while Mercedes had to stop both cars three times.
Raikkonen also highlighted the performance at Ferrari disposal by charging through the field from an early puncture to finish fourth, matching the best result of his disastrous 2014 campaign. The 35-year-old thinks there is more to come from the SF-15T.
“It might be the conditions [in Malaysia], very hot and good for us but I think even in Melbourne if we got behind them at the beginning I don’t think they would have pulled away a lot,” the 2007 world champion said. “Obviously every circuit, conditions, everything plays a part of it but for sure it doesn’t take away that it’s a pretty strong package.”
Though happy with Ferrari’s progress Raikkonen knows the team still has areas to improve, especially in qualifying.
“We know that we’re not exactly as fast as them – at least on one lap – but we’re working on that and from where we finished last year and have been starting this year is a big step. The team has been doing the right things, pushing us in the right direction and little by little we will try to catch up with Mercedes, even though Sebastian won we still know we have to improve in certain areas.” [Source: espn.co.uk]