Kimi Raikkonen says that Scuderia Ferrari “learned nothing” from the first two practice sessions ahead of the 2017 Chinese GP, as the Maranello side, as well as all the other Formula 1 teams, were prevented from running at the Shanghai International Circuit due to the poor weather.
The low clouds made it impossible for the medical helicopter to safely operate for the most part of Friday practice, with the first session’s on-track running lasting only 21 minutes, while the second being eventually cancelled. During the brief window of green flag running in FP1, Scuderia Ferrari managed to complete just three laps between Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, which means that the Maranello team has only the third practice session available in order to evaluate the tyres and most importantly the ideal setup of the car, given the tricky conditions ahead of the Chinese GP on Sunday:
“Nothing, we’ve learned nothing today” – Kimi Raikkonen admitted, as reported by the online version of Italian national sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport – “We got one installation done in FP1 and then every time we wanted to go out and do some running, there was a red flag because the helicopter couldn’t fly, but that’s how it is. It’s a shame. It’s the same for everybody. Obviously it’s far from ideal for any of us, but we’ll all start from the same level tomorrow and we’ll see how the weather is tomorrow and if we can run.” – the Finnish driver added.
Scuderia Ferrari enters the Chinese GP trying to achieve another good result after the win in the Australian Grand Prix which took place two weeks ago, but Kimi is well aware of the fact that this time things may be more difficult given the limited running and the unpredictable weather conditions in Shanghai: “We’ll see. We’re not any smarter now than we were yesterday, but nobody can change the weather and that’s how it goes sometimes.” – the Scuderia Ferrari driver concluded.