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Quick Raikkonen concerns with hard tyre
Overall Kimi Raikkonen is pleased with the Ferrari’s single lap pace, but feels there are gains to be made on the difficult hard tyre.

The Finn says Ferrari has a lot more work to do overnight to close the gap to Mercedes despite finishing second in the afternoon Friday practice session.

Kimi out-pacing team-mate Sebastian Vettel in both practice sessions and proving the nearest rival to Nico Rosberg in FP2.

When the media asked if he was satisfied with the behaviour of the car on a day which saw several drivers struggling, the 2007 champion replied: “Let’s say yes and no. Obviously on the hard tyre I had a hard time for whatever reason – [I don’t know] if it’s just the one set or if it’s the hard tyre that is tricky here. But on the medium it seems to be pretty OK for one lap.

“We try to do the maximum in practice as any Friday. Some days it goes a bit better and that depends on the circuit. It was not an easy day but I think we learned a bit. We still have to improve things and try to make it a bit more straightforward.

“We obviously have work to do but it was a messy session because of the issues with the hard tyre. But it’s a Friday … It looks good but who knows what happens over the weekend? It’s only Friday.”

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