Kimi Raikkonen says he is hopeful of a strong weekend at the Hungaroring
on the back of a solid performance in Friday practice.
The Lotus driver set the second fastest time over the course of the two 90 minute sessions and will aim to build on the pace he displayed in order to try and improve on his qualifying performance on Saturday.
With the team having worked to improve the car in recent events, Raikkonen said he felt the team was going in the right direction and said he was hopeful of a strong qualifying performance to set him up for race day.
“It was a normal Friday for me,” he said. “We did the normal things and tried to make the car as quick as it can be. We were second fastest which was good, and we've managed to improve the setup on my car over the last few races so I've been pretty happy with it. We're just making small improvements, but we're making them all the time and going in the right direction. It's only Friday, but we're hoping for another good day tomorrow. ”
Raikkonen again ran Lotus' new aerodynamic package during the Friday sessions, with technical director James Allison revealing that the team was moving closer to giving it a race debut.
“We conducted valuable analysis of our latest aerodynamic developments on Kimi's car this morning which help bring it a step closer to deployment in a race sometime in the future,” he said. “Kimi was pretty happy overall, even this morning when we weren't running the native downforce settings for this circuit. With the Hungary setup in the afternoon, Kimi was comfortable, quick, and happy with both specifications of dry tyre. Whilst we haven't conducted our usual long runs today it looks like both compounds should be reasonable race tyres.”
Romain Grosjean was ninth quickest in the sister car despite an incident in FP2 saw him damage his front wing.
“Not the best day we've had but not the worst either,” he said. “The car didn't feel quite as I like it, similar to how it felt in Hockenheim, which made things a bit tricky. I made a mistake running wide on the exit of turn seven in the second session which meant I touched the wall, so a big apology to the guys for that.
“On a more positive note we now understand a few things which need improving in terms of setup, so hopefully tomorrow these will make a difference and I'll have the confidence to push a bit harder and show the true pace of the car.”