Kimi Raikkonen's running on Friday was hampered by a problem in FP1 but he praised Ferrari for its recovery in the afternoon session.

Raikkonen was only able to complete 15 laps in the morning, but a much more productive second session saw him finish FP2 with the fourth fastest time. While he was pleased to only miss out on limited running having managed 31 laps in the afternoon, Raikkonen said he is still not comfortable with his car.

"Like every Friday, today's programme centred on looking at different set-ups in the first session and a race simulation with both compounds in the second one," Raikkonen said. "This morning, because of a problem on my car, I was unable to run as much as planned and that's never a good thing, because getting in plenty of laps is very important.

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"Thanks to speedy work from the team, in the afternoon, we managed to make up for the run lost in the morning and even if it's too early to make predictions, overall, it didn't go badly and by the end of the day my feeling with the car had improved.

"I am still not 100% happy with the handling of the F14 T, but I am sure that an analysis of the data we gathered will point us in the right direction for qualifying and the race."

Ferrari's engineering director Pat Fry explained that Raikkonen's problem in FP1 was not the only one encountered by the team on Friday.

"We had a particularly busy day in our garage today," Fry said. "What might have looked like two normal practice sessions were actually particularly demanding for the engineers and mechanics, because of several problems, albeit small ones, that affected the running of our programme. However, the number of laps completed by both drivers was enough to get the necessary information to carry out the job of fine tuning the cars."

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Say what you want, but its a fact kimis been slowly closing on alonso, who seems to be plateauing in his car.