Raikkonen happy as he gets the better of Alonso on day one at Sepang


Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was in a surprisingly positive mood after modifications to his car helped him keep pace with favourites Mercedes during Friday Practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Finn was second in both 90-minute sessions at the steamy Sepang circuit behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to give him hope of being more competitive in Sunday’s race after a disappointing start in Melbourne a fortnight ago.

The 2007 world champion was hit on the first corner in Australia by Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham, en route to finishing seventh, almost a minute behind race winner Rosberg.

Raikkonen was 0.035 seconds behind the German in Friday’s afternoon session, where he managed to better the times set by Hamilton, world champion Sebastian Vettel and his team mate Fernando Alonso – in Melbourne he was not quicker than his teammate in any session.


“This was definitely a positive day and I had a better feeling compared to Friday in Melbourne,” the Finn told reporters.

“I was more comfortable with the F14 today and even if we had no problems whatsoever, we know there’s still a long way to go and a lot to do.

“Our programme concentrated on car set-up and on testing the compounds that Pirelli has brought here. The handling seemed to be good.”

Raikkonen had dismissed suggestions that his struggles at the Albert Park race were caused by a braking issue.

He said instead that the car would need to be personalised to his liking if he was going to match the successes of his first three-year spell with the Italian team which ended in 2009.


Alonso was 11th fastest before improving to fifth in the second session, 0.194 seconds behind Rosberg.

The Spaniard was more guarded when talking about possibly improving on his fourth-place finish in Melbourne.

“We are on a learning curve, which is not unusual for the start of a championship and, to find out how competitive we are, as usual we will have to wait until Saturday and Sunday,” the double world champion said.

“Usually, Friday is a very confusing day, because everyone is working on their own programmes, but this year it’s even more the case because of all the new elements.

“Everything went well, with no reliability problems and we managed to do a fair number of laps, enough to get a good understanding of the tyres, which will be a very important factor here because of the high temperatures.” (Reuters)

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  • Stoner

    Amos James and his hate comments will soon come up here.
    I think he is busy hating someone else some where when he is not here..

  • farizY

    Good for him. But then again, we better wait until qualy and the actual race.

  • Amos James

    Good to see. That’ll make alonso pay attention. Hopefully Ferrari can maintain pace over the season.

  • Amos James

    The only hate I have is for trolls, pothead.

  • http://bryanvcpalacio.weebly.com brianne

    regardless of who’s on top for both drivers, it really doesnt matter. whats important is that we see the real pace of ferrari for this year’s car (w/o the glitch they had in aussie)

  • Amos James

    And Maldonado. ..

  • http://bryanvcpalacio.weebly.com brianne

    kimi still ahead of Alonso in Practice 3, consistent pace shown by Kimi and the Mercedes Boys.

  • Amos James

    And sock puppets. Fcuking sock puppets are just lazy design. I hate sock puppets…. and Maldonado.

  • Amos James

    Yeah, but it’s good to see kimi raising his game. Ten bucks says he’ll be a full second slower than alonso in qualifying but close to him in the race.