Kimi Raikkonen made a quiet start to his final pre-season running ahead of the Australian Grand Prix after a steering issue cost him time on track at Catalunya.
The Finn, taking over at the wheel of the Lotus E20 after two impressive days from Romain Grosjean, saw his running restricted during the morning session by a steering issue which meant he spent much of the morning watching from the sidelines.
Rain during the afternoon cost Raikkonen further time on track as Lotus elected not to run as the rain fell, but the Finn said he was still able to pick up some meaningful data for the team from the limited running he managed.
“It was good to get in the E20 after missing testing last week,” he said. “We had an issue with the power steering in the morning then we didn't run in the wet, so it was quite a short time for me in the car today. At least we got some runs.
“The car was reliable when on track meaning we gained some good data for the team. Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow and we can complete more laps.”
Trackside operations director Alan Permane said the team had worked hard on the balance of the car during a day where quick laps weren't the aim, although the rain had limited running more than the team would have liked in the afternoon.
“Aside from the time we lost early on it was clear that we were running a different programme from the other teams today,” he said. “We were hampered by power steering issues in the morning, which took some time to rectify. Once on track, we steadily improved the car balance through the day. We opted not to run in the rain which meant we completed fewer laps today than would otherwise have been the case.”