Raikkonen: Ferrari already feels better in Spain

Kimi Raikkonen thinks Ferrari will be in better shape at the Spanish Grand Prix than it was in Russia.

Raikkonen finished third in Sochi but was over 30 seconds off the pace of race winner Nico Rosberg at the chequered flag. In Friday practice he was just 0.25s off Rosberg over a single lap and is confident Ferrari is looking more competitive this weekend.

“For me it feels like we started off the weekend a bit better,” he said. “It’s easier to make the tyres work than in Russia. But there’s still work to be done before we are 100 per cent happy, but at least we’re getting close to that. It’s still not exactly where we want it to be but we’re doing our normal work and we’ll see what we can do.”

Asked if he thought Ferrari was closer to Mercedes this weekend, Raikkonen said: “It’s only Friday and if you only look at the other Fridays then maybe we are. But we don’t know what the others are doing, we’re doing our won stuff and, like I said, it’s not bad but we can still improve here and there. It’s just a normal weekend story. This is just one track, one day, so you cannot suddenly reach the conclusion we’re close to them.”