Kimi Raikkonen believes he is feeling comfortable enough with his Ferrari to charge through the field from 18th on the grid in the British Grand Prix.
Ferrari failed to get its two drivers out on slick tyres early enough in Q1 during qualifying and saw both fail to make it through to the second session. While Raikkonen has struggled with the handling of his car so far this season, he believes progress made during Friday practice will stand him in good stead to try and recover in the race.
“Yesterday we just tried some things because obviously we don't have much testing, so I'm happy to try things on Friday to see what's good and what's not,” Raikkonen said. “We knew it was not very good overall, but if we found something on certain parts of the circuit then we can learn, and we put the car back today to how it was normally and I'm sure it's okay.
“Yesterday's times are nothing to do with today and unfortunately we got that wet session this morning. It will be hard tomorrow but there's no reason why we won't have a good race.”
Raikkonen's assessment of the qualifying session was more blunt, saying: “Obviously we put on the slicks, went out, it started to rain and halfway after the first sector it was too wet already. That's about it.”
And – like team-mate Fernando Alonso
– Raikkonen conceded Ferrari was too slow in reacting to the changing conditions at the end of the session.
“We tried to look at what the others did and try to make the right choice, but when I said in the end to put on the mediums we did it as quickly as we could but it had started to rain already. Obviously the timing was wrong, but the reason for that was … it was just wrong and we couldn't get out early enough."