Kimi Raikkonen was encouraged by what he described as "definitely a positive day" of practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Having struggled throughout the Australian Grand Prix weekend with the balance and feeling in his Ferrari, Raikkonen admitted on Thursday that he wasn't expecting any quick fixes in Sepang. However, having finished both practice sessions a close second to the pace-setting Mercedes, Raikkonen said the progress from one race to the next was clear.

"This was definitely a positive day and I had a better feeling compared to Friday in Melbourne," Raikkonen said. "I was more comfortable with the F14 T today and even if we had no problems whatsoever, we know there's still a long way to go and a lot to do."

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While Raikkonen was pleased with the improvement in terms of his feeling within the car, he said his main concern for the race was about tyre degradation as track temperatures remained high throughout the day.

"Our programme concentrated on car set-up and on testing the compounds that Pirelli has brought here. The handling seemed to be good even if, as we found on the race simulation, we will have to pay very close attention to degradation, which is particularly high here. Now we will spend the evening carefully analysing all the data we gathered over the day, to try and work out how to improve."