Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen can be confident ahead of the qualifying session on Saturday, after he got one better of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel by beating him in both Friday practice sessions for the 2017 British Grand Prix on Friday.
The Finnish driver was the fastest Ferrari car out at the Silverstone track, as the Maranello team introduced their new engine upgrade this weekend for both cars. Raikkonen ended the first session fifth fastest behind both Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and both Red Bull Racing cars. Kimi didn’t run with the new “Shield” cockpit protection compare to Sebastian Vettel who did in the opening minutes of the session.
The second session was better for the Finn but like his team-mate in free practice 1, Raikkonen had a spin at the exit of Becketts. Despite the unexpected trip to the gravel, the 2007 Formula One world champion ended the day third fastest ahead of his team-mate, with both drivers breaking into the 1:28’s:
“A bit more straightforward session than on other occasions, and we had no issues. Since this morning the feeling had been ok, but obviously at the beginning there was a bit of guesswork with the conditions, as always when you first run at a track.” – Kimi Raikkonen said, as reported by the Italian media after the second practice session for the British Grand Prix.
Ferrari were down on pace in the first session, being the third fastest team behind Mercedes and Red Bull, believing to have turned down the power on the new engine to reduce any issues.
“It could have been a bit better, but it was not too bad either. Tomorrow will be a different day, we can only try to do our best and I’m sure we can improve. In qualifying and mainly on Sunday we’ll see if it is enough”. – Kimi Raikkonen concluded.