Kimi Raikkonen's Friday practice for the German Grand Prix was affected by a water pump issue, but he says he recovered to enjoy an encouraging day.

Having been eighth quickest in FP1, Raikkonen improved to fourth fastest in the afternoon session as it transpired a problem with his water pump confined him to the garage for a spell in the morning. However, Raikkonen was pleased with Ferrari's response and said the work completed had allowed him to make progress with the car's handling.

"Like every Friday, our programme covered set-up work in the first session, then evaluating the tyres and doing a race simulation in the afternoon," Raikkonen said. "Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the Soft tyres, but thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track.

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"In the afternoon, we made up for lost time and managed to improve on all fronts. Overall, it's been a reasonably positive day, but it's still too early to make any predictions. We will have to wait until tomorrow to know more."

Engineering director Pat Fry confirmed the root of the problem but joined Raikkonen in praising the quick work from Ferrari to minimise the time lost.

"This was a very busy day of testing, affected by the particularly high temperatures and the new element of FRIC being banned," Fry said. "The absence of this system did not change our programmes, only requiring a bit of time for our drivers to adapt.

"Fernando had a trouble free morning, while on Kimi's car there was a problem with the water pump, which cost him a run. However, the team sorted the problem quickly, so that Kimi was back on track in a short space of time."