Kimi Raikkonen admits he is not comfortable with his Ferrari in either day or night conditions in Bahrain.

FP1 took place in warm temperatures on Friday afternoon before the second session was run at night. With Raikkonen struggling with the front end of his F14 T, he said he was struggling to get the car to his liking in either practice session and would have a lot of work to do during the final hour on Saturday.

"Overall, this was a difficult day, because I didn't feel comfortable with the car in either session," Raikkonen said. "In the first one, I damaged the floor on the kerb at turn 4 and this meant I had to pit. The team did a super job, because they got me back out on track in a short time, but then, because of a problem with the brakes, I was unable to complete the programme.

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"In the second session we concentrated on looking at the two Pirelli compounds and with the Soft it was definitely better than the Medium. Now we will get down to analysing all today's data, especially regarding the immediate change in the track from day to night and we will try and improve for qualifying and the race."

Reflecting on Friday's running, engineering directors Pat Fry expects the field to close up as it adapts to the conditions under the floodlights.

"Work on both cars concentrated on set-up, aimed at improving stability under braking," Fry said. "In the earlier session, Kimi's programme was interrupted when the floor on his F14T was partly broken after he hit a kerb at turn 4, but we had no problems with Fernando. Then tonight, we did a long run test and now we must look closely at tyre performance, which is a key factor this weekend along with fuel consumption. It will be interesting to see how the hierarchy will change between tomorrow and Sunday, because the technical characteristics of this track mean the gaps between some of the teams could close up."